There’s a reason for Liverpool fans to be optimistic in the Daily Mail today. They carry quotes from England manager Fabio Capello, who expects Liverpool to once again transform themselves from an average Premier League team right now to European world-beaters. The Reds have won this competition and finished runner-up in the past three seasons and it wouldn’t surprise the Italian if they go on another trailblazing adventure this time around.
He said: “Liverpool, when playing in the Champions League, transform themselves.
“At home they have a lot of support and that’s why they must be taken very seriously.”
Indeed, expect the game against Barnsley to be forgotten when the teams walk out at Anfield tonight. Anfield has a reputation across Europe for the brilliant atmosphere generated for Champions League matches and tonight will be no exception. However, why does it take a European Cup tie to see the very best of the Reds? Why have they not been able to reproduce some of these performances in the Premier League?