Liverpool travel to St Andrews for their next Premier League outing, hoping to take more than the point that David Ngog’s strike earned them on their last visit.
With Liverpool drawing both games last season against Birmingham, 2-2 at home and 1-1 away, plus the previous 4 Premier League games before that, when these teams have met, they will certainly be looking to improve on their away record. The only away outing so far this season saw the side go down 3-0 at Eastlands to Manchester City and last years league record on their travels was certainly nothing to boast about, with the side taking just 21 points from the avilable 57 on the road.
The Reds travelling party see’s Dirk Kuyt staying at home as he recovers from his shoulder injury sustained on international duty for Holland, Maxi Rodriguez is excpected to get the nod to start on the right flank. Kuyt is also joined in the physio room by Fabio Aurelio who is trying to shake off a minor achilles injury, along with David Ngog who continues to recover from a hamstring problem. Liverpool will be boosted by the inclusion of Paul Konchesky who is expected to start and make his debut while Portugal’s Raul Meireles is favoured to be on the bench to begin with.
Birmingham have Phillips and Parnaby all under treatment at the moment and ruled out of the game, whilst Hleb and Larsson may be fortunate to pass late fitness tests on their recent ailments. New arrivals Martin Jiranek and Jean Beausejour, should also be available to make their debuts.