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JOHN ALDRIDGE: Liverpool FC must put an end to the costly errors

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21 Nov 2009 02:00:00

LIVERPOOL are prolific scorers at home and Manchester City have plenty of attacking options, so you might anticipate a goal-fest this lunchtime. The one thing Rafa Benitez will want to see this afternoon, though, more than anything else is Liverpool keep a clean sheet; after all, the reason we find ourselves way off the pace in the Premier League has been down to poor defending. Too many cheap goals have been given away over the past month - the one which comes to mind straight away is Birmingham's first in that 2-2 draw - and the way we have gone about our business has been nothing like what we have come to expect. Should we maintain those standards, City have the tools to take full advantage and from their point of view, they will be looking to take over ourselves and Arsenal and get established in the top four this season. Money is no object for Mark Hughes now he has the backing of Arab billionaires and we saw last season that City are a more than capable side; our two games against them last season were particularly hard fought and they deserved a point at Anfield. But what City do for the rest of the season is not our prime concern; first and foremost, Liverpool have got to get back on track as quickly as possible and our first objective has got to make sure we secure a top four place once more. Champions League football is vital to Liverpool and with so much uncertainty about our place in this season's competition, we can't afford to run the risk of jeopardising our hopes of being involved in that tournament any further. So how does Rafa keep City quiet? With Fernando Torres unlikely to play, it might be an idea to play three central defenders again and have Glen Johnson patrolling the right-side of midfield, though that remains to be seen.


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