Liverpool vs Portsmouth Preview

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 28 October 2008
Tony Adams begins his Pompey managerial career with a baptism of fire at Anfield.

Fresh from ending Chelsea's four-and-a-half year unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge in the league, the new table toppers are brimming with confidence and will fancy their chances tomorrow against a side hit hard by Harry Redknapp's departure.

However, Tony Adams' swift appointment may galvanise the team and any sort of result here will boost the new manager's popularity massively although realistically most Pompey fans will be expecting defeat.

The Reds are the only unbeaten club in the Premier League and have had their best ever start to a season. A trademark of theirs recently has been their ability to come back and win games when they look down and out whilst they also have the handy ability to win whilst playing badly.

If you're looking for positives then we can take some comfort in the knowledge that Fernando Torres won't be playing and there is a doubt over the fitness of Robbie Keane too. They've still got quality all over the pitch but Steven Gerrard is the obvious danger.

Tony Adams will assess the injuries of Glen Johnson and Sol Campbell ahead of the game with Noe Pamarot and Younes Kaboul ready to deputise if needed.

I expect Hermann Hriedarsson to come in for Armand Traore and give the back four a more solid look and Diop to play on the right again. Sean Davis returns from suspension but all eyes will be on Peter Crouch returning to the club Harry Redknapp paid £11 million to in the summer.

Good luck Tony, I think you're going to need it for this one! Play up Pompey!

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Liverpool

GK: Jose REINA

RB: Alvaro ARBELOA
CB: Jamie CARRAGHER
CB: Daniel AGGER
LB: Andrea DOSSENA

CM: Javier MASCHERANO
CM: Xabi ALONSO
CM: Steven GERRARD

RWF: Dirk KUYT
LWF: Albert RIERA
CF: Robbie KEANE

Pompey

GK: David JAMES

RB: Noe PAMAROT
CB: Younes KABOUL
CB: Sylvain DISTIN
LB: Hermann HRIEDARSSON

RM: Papa BOUBA DIOP
CM: Sean DAVIS
CM: Lassana DIARRA
LM: Nadir BELHADJ

CF: Jermain DEFOE
CF: Peter CROUCH

Last Time: Liverpool 4 Pompey 1

Pompey's superb run of away wins came to a stunning halt at Anfield as Yossi Benayoun volleyed in an early goal and then Sylvain Distin scored an unfortunate own goal. Benjani volleyed one back after the break but a brace from Fernando Torres sealed a comfortable win for the scousers.

Pundit Watch

Lawro: Home Win (2-0)
Soccernet: Home Win

My Prediction: I hate to use a Redknapp cliche but any result here is a bonus. The only hope I have is that an awful side in Stoke held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw but so long as we put up a fight and don't get thrashed then I won't complain.

Liverpool 2 Pompey 0

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