Jan. 9th, 2006 - Anfield (Carling Cup) I won't say West Ham game has gone by. Football fans have long memories and have a way of reviewing the success or failure of a season by referring to a particular game (Example Arsenal vs. Birmingham at St Andrews, 08/09 season). My hope is that last weekend's game won't fall into that category come May. We have a chance to see lots of reserve players in action on Wednesday against Liverpool. Personally, I find it refreshing seeing this young boys and it is my belief that unlike the senior team, they are usually unforgiving as they do not take their food off the gas. They will put six past any team if given the space. Unlike the first-team players who score two goals and decide they've had enough - until the opponent level up. I am excited to see which youngster is ready to take the place of underachieving senior players like Diaby (who doesn't know this is probably his last chance to seal a place in the first team). This is a chance especially for Merida and Ramsey, to prove they are ready, for Nasri to prove he's match fit, and for Randall…well, I don't really know. The last time we played against Liverpool in the carling cup was when Julio Baptista was with us. If I remember correctly, he scored four goals and generally dominated in that match. I don't expect us to put six past the Reds this year, but I expect us to give good account of ourselves…..and win against a team who is struggling with injuries and won't want to jeopardize their fragile league standing by fielding too many senior players. I want us to win, especially as we play at home. But like I said, it would please me to see some youngsters put pressure on senior players. And I hope Wenger is ready to throw a pair of dice as far as this issue is concerned. There is the small matter of Spurs this weekend. All subsequent analysis, introspection, and arguments come down to this - we must win.

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