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Carlisle pose a nightmare tie for Liverpool

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Many people may believe that Liverpool's Capital One cup draw at home to Carlisle is the perfect tie. However, I believe it could be the worst possible fixture for the Reds at the moment.

Given Liverpool's recent form, confidence and morale is at rock bottom. A good win and comprehensive win is imperative on Wednesday and that's something that everyone is expecting.

But what if that doesn't happen? What if they only scrape a narrow victory? Or what if they don't win at all?

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No-win

It's a no-win for Liverpool. Win and everyone shrugs their shoulders, it was expected. Lose and there will be an absolute meltdown.

But it's not inconceivable. Looking at Liverpool's recent record against lower league teams in cup competitions and it suggests a shock could be on the cards against League Two Carlisle.

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Liverpool fans, remember Grimsby Town in 2001? How about League Two Northampton Town in 2010? A different competition but what about Barnsley at Anfield in 2008? Reading at Anfield in 2010? Oldham Athletic on 2013?

Just a few reminders that Liverpool can't simply just turn up and expect to beat Carlisle.

Buoyed

Some of the Carlisle players will consider playing at the historic Anfield at the biggest match of their career. They will be up for the match, buoyed by their travelling fans, and they won't stop running for the whole 90 minutes giving the Liverpool players no time whatsoever on the ball.

Compare that to the home team and it's almost a polar opposite. A team lacking in confidence after three terrible results in their previous three matches. The crowd, which may not even be sold out, will be quiet given the mood around the club. The lack of atmosphere will make players nervy and certainly won't help the team's confidence.

Pressure

However, with the pressure that manager Brendan Rodgers is under is knows he simply can't afford to lose this match. Therefore, he won't be taking any chances with his team selection. Plus, Rodgers desperately needs to win a trophy this season in an attempt to save his job and the Capital One cup poses the most likely option.

Liverpool may stroll to a comfortable morale boosting victory, but the players won't be looking forward to it. Rodgers definitely won't be looking forward to it because he may as well not bother turning up for training on Thursday if Liverpool lose to Carlisle.

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