We can beat Liverpool – Wilson

Pompey – who are reported to be on the brink of securing their

fifth owner of the season – have not beaten the Reds on Merseyside

since 1951 in the old First Division, a run of 15 matches. And

despite being rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League

table with just five wins all season – two of them coming away from

home – Wilson is optimistic about their chances. Pompey sprang a

real surprise by beating Liverpool 2-0 at Fratton Park back in

December and Wilson feels they can use that result as an

inspiration, irrespective of their record at Anfield. “I don’t

think the lads mind where they go at the minute,” he said.

“Liverpool are definitely beatable, I have seen Portsmouth beat

them in the past as well. “I never played that day (in December)

but I was on the bench watching the lads. Hopefully we can

replicate it. “What is most important is we’ve got to go there and

put pressure on them from the word go. “We’ve got to be on top of

our game, give 100% and go from there.” The Sunday Telegraph said

that property tycoon Rob Lloyd – who appeared on the Channel 4

programme Secret Millionaire in 2008 – is fronting a consortium

intending to buy the south coast club. However the focus of the

team will be on Monday’s clash at Liverpool. Their hosts have lost

two matches inside a week, a shock reverse at Wigan and then a

similar 1-0 Europa League defeat against Lille. That has increased

the pressure on manager Rafael Benitez and Wilson hopes to be able

to take advantage of any confidence issues. “Liverpool are having a

bit of a hard time. I watched them play against Wigan and I don’t

think they are playing the best football, but on their day they are

as good as anyone,” he added. “Maybe they are thinking ‘It’s

Portsmouth, they are bottom of the league so it’s going to be an

easy win’. Maybe we can get on them. “I think the longer the game

goes on the harder it will be for them.” Wilson has reverted to a

midfield role having previously played as a defender and is

relishing the prospect of facing England’s Steven Gerrard tomorrow.

“Obviously, Steven Gerrard is a world-class player and you want to

play against the best,” said the 22-year-old. “He’s a different

class, year after year he scores great goals. He’s strong, quick, a

great passer of the ball, great vision, a great example to young

players out there. “I think he’s a great leader who leads by

example. Every game he puts 100% cent in.”