Ireland sees City positives

20 February 2009 02:06
Stephen Ireland believes Manchester City should enter Sunday's encounter with Liverpool in confident mood.

The Blues head to Anfield with a woeful away record this season, with only one Premier League victory secured on their travels.

However, a promising 2-2 draw with FC Copenhagen in the last 32 of the Uefa Cup on Thursday has helped to raise spirits within the squad.

Ireland certainly believes City can take heart from their showing in Denmark, despite Mark Hughes' men twice surrounding a lead in the first leg of their European encounter.

He said: "It will be tough and people will be expecting us to lose. But maybe we can turn things around - we will be taking positives from the game in Copenhagen.

"When my goal went in I thought they were dead and buried but they kept knocking at the door and made it hard for us."

Hughes is also quietly confident ahead of the trip to Merseyside, with the Welshman of the belief that Liverpool's attacking instincts will play into his side's hands.

He said: "If you give us room we are a team that has goals in us. But if teams sit back and frustrate us we don't seem to deal with that as well.

"Liverpool are going for their own competitions and their own challenges. They will want to win the game and put the onus on attacking. Hopefully that will leave the door open for us to exploit the spaces."

Source: SKY_Sports