This is one of those games where the heart can overrule the head and lead you into making an irrational decision.
If Liverpool cannot score against Sunderland at home then what are the chances of them scoring against Basle? The striker crisis at Anfield seems to be amplifying in its destitution with each passing week.
The cupboard is very bare this and every game day.
Rickie Lambert has occasional turns of flair but for the most part he looks like he is trying to ply his trade in treacle. This is a journeyman striker who was bought as a backup and is now being asked to fulfil the front line role due to injuries and his limitations are being cruelly exposed.
Any team that lost their best two strikers would struggle and against Sunderland Liverpool looked a decent team – certainly better than their early season form and the manager has had to adjust from driving a beautiful Ferrari to suddenly having a diesel engine put in it.
It’s a good team bereft of any cutting edge.
If Liverpool can win this game then it may give them the opportunity to try and find better attacking options in the January transfer window – although exactly what those targets may be is a dubious argument.
If you can spend the kind of money that Liverpool have on Balotelli, Borini, Aspas and still be looking for a first choice striker then it is all going wrong.
Liverpool’s defence has improved markedly since Toure has come back in decent form and not passed the ball to the opposition so hopes are that the Reds will keep another clean sheet
But I also fear they won’t be able to score either so another 0-0 is on the cards here.
Another boring 0-0 is 12/1 at Betvictor £10 wins £130