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Allardyce hoping Reds confidence is low by lfctalk
April 10, 2009, 14:44
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Sam Allardyce is hoping Liverpool’s confidence has taken a knock ahead of Blackburn Rovers’ trip to Anfield.

The Reds look odds-on to be eliminated from the Champions League at the Quarter-Final stage at the hands of rivals Chelsea after a 3-1 first-leg defeat on Wednesday night.

Despite Liverpool conceding two headed goals from Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, Allardyce doesn’t feel the zonal marking system that Rafael Benitez deploys is to blame – but he does think he has identified some weaknesses his side can exploit.

“I went to watch what was probably the most in-form team in this country at the moment come a little unstuck on the night,” he said.

“We can only hope that that knocks their confidence a little bit.”

“It can happen to us all on occasions, but Chelsea got the tactics right and also used their outstanding ability to punish them very heavily in the end.”

“I just want to get as many of my experienced players as fit as possible to go and pick a side who can combat a very good Liverpool team, and then try and expose one or two weaknesses that were shown up.”

“But I thought there was a little of unfair criticism of the zonal marking system, because I don’t think any system would have stopped those two goals on the night.”

Allardyce will warn his side that this Liverpool side is a wounded animal after seeing their chances of silverware halved.

“Their pride will have been hurt. But they are still just one point off Manchester United, so it will be a very big game for them,” he added.

“I think they’ll be all guns blazing, but it’s something we’ve come across before and have had to cope with.”

“I’d like to see a repeat of the performance of what we did at Manchester United, where we were very unlucky to lose.”

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