Coventry City manager Gordon Strachan believes his
side will face one of the toughest examinations of their outstanding
home record against Liverpool on Saturday.
The Sky Blues may be the worst side in the league on
their travels but their home form has all but guaranteed a 35th season
in the top flight.
Coventry have recorded 10 home wins – almost
championship form – but Strachan revealed that he is a big fan of
Gerard Houllier’s rapidly-improving side.
“They are a good, good team on the up and feeling
good about themselves. They have been looking to get into the same
bracket as Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal who have been
the leading sides for the last few years and I think they are now
“If you look at some of the football they produce it
is excellent and there record over the last three or four months is
as good as anyone in the league. People talk about the Liverpool of
old but it is a different game now and this new team is different.
“Liverpool are still a big draw and this game sold
out a long time ago. Gerard has spent his money wisely and he has
had £35 million – I wouldn’t want that, I prefer to wheel and
“But they have got a lot of very good kids and that
has been the success of Manchester United and Leeds. That is what we
are trying to achieve here and I think clubs have shown you can get
more out of your younger players.”
Strachan could welcome back his most influential
youngster back into the starting line-up. Robbie Keane, who has missed
the last three games with a knee injury
Keane has trained this week but the hard ground has
not helped his recovery. Strachan also has to make a late decision on
whether Magnus Hedman is fit enough to resume after missing the 3-0
defeat at Arsenal.
If the big Swede fails to make it, then veteran Steve
Ogrizovic will play his 600th game for the club.
“Magnus is touch and go but he is not ruled out yet.
Robbie has trained fully but looked a bit wary in a couple of things
he was doing. We will have to wait and see if that was because of
the ground or if he is still suffering a few problems.”
Strachan was still waiting to hear if Ysrael Zuniga
was injured when he was taken off after only 54 minutes of Peru’s
2-0 win over Paraguay.