JOHN ALDRIDGE: Will Liverpool FC take their perfect derby chance?
TOMORROW'S derby could be the perfect game to finally get Liverpool's campaign going. Victory would act as a springboard and take a lot of the pressure off both the players and the manager. In fact tomorrow could be the defining moment of the season for each club. Both are really lacking in confidence and in need of a boost. Liverpool have to start winning. Having gone out of the Champions League, the priority now is qualifying for next season's competition. There is already a five-point gap between us and fourth placed Tottenham and we can't allow that to get any bigger. It's the first time under the manager we haven't made the knockout stages and it is a wake-up call for the club in general. The performance against Debrecen in midweek was really poor. They made it difficult for us but there was a real lack of creativity. Fiorentina and Lyon both put them to the sword but we struggled and it just summed up our efforts in Europe this season. Most people expected us to cruise through the group but I don't think anyone realised how good Fiorentina are. We took qualifying for granted but after winning our first game things went horribly wrong. Going out is a massive blow both financially and in terms of prestige.
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