SHAUN Maloney is determined to get Wigan Athletic’s campaign back on track at Anfield.
Maloney opened his goalscoring account for the club with a penalty in last season’s historic 2-1 victory at Liverpool – which kicked-off an incredible finishing spurt of seven wins from the final nine matches.
Latics return to Anfield looking to bounce back after last weekend’s disappointing 2-1 home defeat at the hands of West Brom.
Prior to that, Latics had recorded back-to-back victories over West Ham and Spurs that had led to some raising the possibility of a top-half finish, after years of struggling at the wrong end of the table.
“The belief is there we can finish higher than we have done in previous years, and I think we proved in the two games before West Brom that’s the case,” Maloney told the Evening Post.
“We were brought down to earth against West Brom, and we need to get that out of our heads as quickly as possible.
“It won’t be easy at Liverpool, though. That’ll be another very difficult game and we’ll have to be at our best to compete.”
Maloney is raring to go after missing Scotland’s midweek friendly against Luxembourg with an abdominal strain.
And he is confident lessons have been learned from Wigan’s third home defeat of the season against the Baggies.
“We started the game reasonably well, but once they scored their first goal it knocked us out of our rhythm,” he added.
“The first goal in any game is crucial, and it proved to be the case last week.
“In the end the result was about right because we didn’t played as well as we did at Spurs the week before. West Brom stopped us playing like we can do – and we need to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
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