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Barry wants repeat of Anfield success

23 January 2018

GARETH Barry wants Albion to replicate their "positive" Anfield display from earlier this season when they face Liverpool in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Baggies frustrated the Reds to earn a creditable 0-0 draw in December, becoming just the fifth side to stop Liverpool scoring in a Premier League home game under Jurgen Klopp - they had scored at least once in 38 of their previous 42.

Alan Pardew hailed that performance as a "display to boost defensive confidence", with the Baggies keeping four clean sheets in eight games since. And Barry says his teammates will have to be on their metal again come Saturday.

"The FA Cup draw against Liverpool is a tough one," he said. "Anfield is one of, if not the toughest ground to visit in the country. Liverpool have some fantastic players and we know it's going to be tough against them.

"Saying that, it's a one-off game in the FA Cup and anything can happen. We are going into the game on the back of three good performances and three good results, so we will go there full of confidence and with no fear.

"We got a positive result there in the Premier League back in December so we can also take confidence from that."

Gareth is taking heart from Albion's recent form, which has seen a winless sequence turned on its head. The Baggies have lost just once in five games, and spirits are high accoring to the veteran midfielder.

"Good results obviously help the mood around the camp. The spirit here is good and you can tell that just being around the group and the training ground.

"We are unbeaten in three games now and that's important because we can build our confidence from our recent results. It was crucial that we got our win at Exeter and we managed to do that.

"We then took that into the Brighton game and took three points and I thought we were unlucky not to win against Everton, too."


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