Pulis expects tough test

BY foxsports • February 1, 2011

City's 2-0 home win in November was one of the many low points of Roy Hodgson's ill-fated and brief reign in charge of the Reds. That result, and a number of similar setbacks, eventually convinced the club's owners that Hodgson's time with the club was up, prompting Kenny Dalglish to make a return to the managerial hotseat. The Scot has overseen a mini-revival of Liverpool's fortunes too, with them having won their last two Premier League games, and with that in mind, Pulis knows his players will have to earn a double over them. He told his club's official website: "Liverpool are playing with a lot more confidence, a lot more willingness to do what they are capable of as a group of players under Kenny and they have certainly turned things around. "Beating them at our place was a special occasion, but I think a lot of sides were getting tremendous results against them back then. "Things will be different this time, but what we have to do is go there and give it our best shot. We know it's going to be tough. "Anfield is one of the special places to go and after what has happened there recently, it will no doubt be another big occasion." It will be Liverpool's first game since the high-profile and shock departure of Fernando Torres to Chelsea, so new signing Luis Suarez will lead the line if he can get a work permit and international clearance in time. Andy Carroll, their other big-money deadline-day capture, will watch injured from the stands, but Pulis is aware of how dangerous Liverpool remain, even without Torres. He added: "Although they have lost Torres, Suarez is a top, top replacement, and they have a number of other players who can hurt you." Stoke progressed through to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a win at Wolves on Sunday, and, after receiving healthy backing at Molineux, Pulis is hoping another away success can reward his club's fans. He said: "I am sure our supporters are looking forward to it. They were fantastic on Sunday. It was a great boost to us all to walk out at Molineux and see our section full, while there were a lot of empty seats in the rest of the stadium. "That is a great testament to their tremendous support and it would be nice if we can go to Anfield and put on a display like the one there in our first season in the Premier League. We'll certainly be doing our best to repeat that."


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