Since before the season started, everyone associated with LFC has talked about its quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League. It is arguably the over-arching theme of season.
But the absence of UEFA Champions and Europa League action has added weight to LFC’s domestic cup campaigns. The club is treating them as its missing European dates in 2011-12.
Wednesday could see LFC secure passage to the Carling Cup final, as it faces City in the second leg of the Carling Cup semifinal. The Reds haven’t travelled to Wembley Stadium — the spiritual home of English soccer — since 1996. Lifting a trophy there could do wonder’s for the confidence of the players, and accelerate LFC’s ongoing revival.
On Saturday, England’s greatest club rivalry resumes. Anfield will be the site of the FA Cup fourth round clash between LFC and Manchester United. On Oct. 15, these two teams played a 1-1 draw that reverberates over three months later.
The January transfer window closes at month’s end, and the Reds could add some star power and firepower. Any deals that will happen by then are probably already in the works, although they most likely will (or won’t) come to fruition next week. Any additions to the squad could have an immediate impact on LFC’s results.
In a season that has seen more plot twists than your average twizzler, it’s tough to call this the defining week of the season. But it is also difficult to overstate this week’s importance.
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