Holloway - Reds must prevail

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has backed Liverpool to overcome their off-field problems.

Tangerines boss would take point at Anfield

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has backed Liverpool to overcome their off-field problems, but hopes to compound their misery when they meet on Sunday. The Premier League new boys travel to Anfield in what is sure to be one of their fans' most anticipated fixtures of the season. It has been a stuttering start to the campaign for the Reds, and Roy Hodgson's men actually sit one point behind their weekend opponents. Hodgson insists that the problems behind the scenes on Merseyside are not affecting the performances of the team, but Holloway believes the club need to sort out their ownership issue sooner rather than later. "They have got all sorts of problems off the field which don't help any football club and they need to get resolved for them to be the force that they need to be," he said. "It is not that they want to be - they need to be, for their supporters, and I have got no doubt that will be the case in the future. "But we have got to do our utmost to not let it be the case on Sunday. "Sometimes when you attack it is the best form of defence because you can probe and hurt their weaknesses. "I think that is what we are better at. Any team who goes out on any football pitch should actually try to throw some punches and score some goals. "I don't care whether it is at home or away - there are still three points to play for. Our fans need entertaining and so do the Liverpool fans."

No favours

Despite revealing his sympathy towards Liverpool, Holloway will be doing his utmost to upset the odds on Sunday, and admits he would take a draw. "Liverpool are normally a top club so any kind of point or anything at Anfield will be a hell of an achievement, but I want to come out of there having played well," he added. "I came out of Chelsea's ground very disappointed because I thought my team were better than that. "We've also lost heavily to Arsenal and now this is another potential giant banana skin that we could slip up and look silly on. "So I want to go come out of Anfield feeling proud of how we have gone about our business and how difficult we made the game for them."

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