Map It Out: March

Shaun Botterill

A crucial month of March for Liverpool includes a trip to Wales, Old Manc Way, and down south.

Saturday, 1st March- outhampton (Away)

Despite terrible form at the start of last season, near the end, after a change of manager, Southampton had a bit of spark about them. However, that could be attributed to the "beginners luck"that comes with a new manager.

Some can see them getting a mid-table finish, but if luck is the case, they may have to buckle down, as they did last season. The 3-1 win in this fixture last year was the spark that lit their survival. We don't plan for that to happen this time around, with BR saying that we're even more clinical than we were last year.

However, stranger things have happened in football, but let's hope he's right after all.

Saturday, 8th March-Sunderland (Home)

American Jozy Altidore will get a taste of the Anfield atmosphere in this match. He seems to be gelling well with his new team mates, and if that's the case, he needs to be feared.

With Paolo di Canio changing Sunderland's fortunes as Mauricio Pochettino did at Southampton, and Jozy coming in to back up what they already have in their attacking ranks, I can see them pushing for a place between 7th and 10th this year. We just need to make sure we're not anywhere close to that.

We've done well against Sunderland lately, but things can change in seconds. Our defense needs to stay calm and composed this season, and if we can do that we can win this match.

Saturday, 15th March-Man United (Away)

If our aspirations of a top 4 finish are gonna be realized, it's this match and the one at the end of March, at Tottenham, that are must win games

As we well know, it's RVP we need to stop. And if he stays fit, and pre-season us anything to go on, it's Kolo Toure that may be marking him. And to be honest, I think it's gonna be hard for him. Kolo relies on his strength, RVP is good enough to use that strength against you and to his advantage.

Wayne Rooney may not feature here, as his feud with David Moyes seems never ending, however, they do have Chicharito, who can have either a great game or an absolutely crap one. I'm not saying we need to get lucky to win, but it'll be difficult, that's for sure.

Saturday, 22nd March-Cardiff (Away)

Our 2nd trip to Wales is one I've been looking forward to. I always like going to the promoted teams.

We need to come out of the gates fast and show them we mean business; not let them get their tails up. If Pre-season holds true, that won't be hard.

Craig Bellamy is likely to feature coming off the bench, and he, to me, seems like he could be their biggest threat. Luckily, our defense have all played with him, so hopefully that works to our advantage.

Saturday, 29th March-Tottenham (Away)

I stated above that this is a must-win game if we expect to get a top 4 place come the end of the season, and it definitely is. Tottenham are our biggest rivals for that spot.

Recent reports have said that Gareth Bale may look for a move away from Spurs, but that's silly season, you never know what could happen. Besides, even Tottenham's defense have a goal threat in Jan Vertonghen.

Tottenham are set in almost every position, yet they rely on Gareth Bale to bail them out. It makes little sense, but AVB has them working well in attack, proving his previous employers at Chelsea wrong. Whether Bale leaves or not, Spurs are a force to be reckoned with

The tail end of the season will be a turbulent time for us. There will be bumps in the road. How many will we be able to dodge, and how many will sink us? That's the question we're all looking to answer quickly.

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