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Holloway: Reds will turn season around

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02/10/2010 11:09 +0100

It has been a stuttering start to the campaign for the Reds, who have registered only one win so far in the Premier League and were eliminated at home in the Carling Cup by League Two outfit Northampton. With uncertainty continuing to hang over the club with regard to its ownership, it would appear to be as good a time as any to take on the Merseysiders at Anfield, where Holloway has vowed his team will attack. The Tangerines boss believes it will not be long before Liverpool rediscover their form, but wants his players to prevent that happening this weekend by putting on a show of their own. "They have got all sorts of problems off the field which don't help any football club and they need to get resolved for them to be the force that they need to be," Holloway said of this weekend's opponents. "It is not that they want to be - they need to be, for their supporters, and I have got no doubt that will be the case in the future. "But we have got to do our utmost to not let it be the case on Sunday. "Sometimes when you attack it is the best form of defence because you can probe and hurt their weaknesses. "I think that is what we are better at. Any team who goes out on any football pitch should actually try to throw some punches and score some goals. "I don't care whether it is at home or away - there are still three points to play for. "Our fans need entertaining and so do the Liverpool fans." Holloway has seen Blackpool defeated 6-0 at Arsenal and 4-0 at Chelsea already this term, but felt his tactics were too negative at Stamford Bridge and wants a more eye-catching display from his side this time out. "Liverpool are normally a top club so any kind of point or anything at Anfield will be a hell of an achievement, but I want to come out of there having played well," Holloway said. "I came out of Chelsea's ground very disappointed because I thought my team were better than that. "We've also lost heavily to Arsenal and now this is another potential giant banana skin that we could slip up and look silly on. "So I want to go come out of Anfield feeling proud of how we have gone about our business and how difficult we made the game for them." Meanwhile, Holloway has apologised for using abusive language towards referee Mike Dean at Bloomfield Road on Saturday. The Bristolian has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after he confronted Dean in the tunnel following the Seasiders' 2-1 loss to Blackburn. Holloway, who could face a touchline ban, has until today to respond to the charge and he admits he was wrong to speak to the official in the way he did. "I apologise for the abusive language I used," Holloway said. "I should have gone in and calmly said 'I felt this, why did you do that', because he is trying to do his job. "My lads need me on the side, so if I am going to be punished up in the stand where I can't help them, what good is that to me and my team? So I have got to learn."

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