Liverpool look to take bite out of Wolves
Liverpool welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Anfield on Wednesday with defender Fabio Aurelio believing it is the first of three quick-fire games that could define the Merseyside club's season.sports Updated: Dec 28, 2010 08:34 IST
Liverpool welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Anfield on Wednesday with defender Fabio Aurelio believing it is the first of three quick-fire games that could define the Merseyside club's season.
While other leagues in Europe opt for a winter break, the Premier League experiences one of its busiest periods during the festive season and this encounter is the first of three games in a seven-day spell for Liverpool with matches against Bolton and Blackburn to follow.
Liverpool have finally begun to look more solid and competitive following their worst start to a season for 57 years under new manager Roy Hodgson.
Victory in the three encounters coming up, starting against bottom of the table Wolves, would restore faith amongst the Anfield faithful that Liverpool could yet salvage something from this campaign.
"We are getting back towards the fortress that Anfield has been for Liverpool in the past," Aurelio said.
"The situation is that every game is very important. It's a very busy period and if we can win three or four games that can make a very big difference to the table.
"With a good run of results you can quickly change your position. So that is what we are looking to do and hopefully we can look at it again at the start of January."
Liverpool have not played since December 15 after their league games against Fulham and Blackpool were both postponed as a result of the severe cold weather that has swept across England.
The Merseysiders are exactly mid-table in 10th place but Aurelio stressed they should not get too obsessed by their league position at this stage.
"From my point of view we need to just take it each game at a time and get the three points."
Liverpool have won just two away games in the whole of 2010 and although two of the upcoming three are at home, they will then face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
"It's difficult to explain our away record," Aurelio added. "We have spoken about it but our approach is more or less the same.
"We think we should have won most of those games but during the 90 minutes we haven't played as well as we can. We are trying to make sure we improve that."
Wolves may be heading to Merseyside with a depleted squad and bottom of the league but manager Mick McCarthy is refusing to give up hope on this season quite yet.
Despite playing some attractive football this term, McCarthy's side have simply not got the necessary results and the Molineux outfit have also been hit by a host of injury problems.
Karl Henry (knee), Jody Craddock (thigh) and Kevin Doyle (leg) remain absent as do Steven Mouyokolo (back) and Michael Mancienne (knee)
However, Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis came off the bench in the Boxing Day home defeat by Wigan.
"We're missing a few and I don't know how many teams would cope with losing their captain and vice-captain," McCarthy said.
"I suppose we just get on with it and don't whinge about it and just put up with it.
"There's only one way left for us to go now with where we are and the games we've got remaining.
"There are plenty of games left and who's to say we can't go and win at Liverpool?
"We will go there and try and win it, although we'll have to play a lot better than we did against Wigan."
First Published: Dec 28, 2010 08:32 IST