MH: We had a new back four against Burnley and in that opening period players were trying to get used to it.. They got two quick-fire goals but after that I though our backline went on to handle themselves a lot better. Invariably in Premier League games the opposition are presented with opportunities and on that occasion they took them.
MH: We are going to have to make up some of those points moving forward though.
MH: We are similar to many clubs and look at the league table and think where they could be had they picked up the points they'd arguably deserved. We look back at QPR away, West Ham at home and last weekend as well as opportunities we haven't taken. We are still encouraged with things though and I think that we are ahead of our points tally compared with this time last year
MH: The stop-start nature of the start of the Premier League has impacted us, along with a lot of teams actually, but now we have a sustained period of weeks with no disruption leading up to games.
MH: Without Victor we have an opportunity for others to come to the fore. Marko and Oussama have been frustrated with the lack of opportunities but now there's time for them to make an impression in his absence over the next few weeks.
MH: I've been really pleased with what Bojan has produced in recent weeks. The team and players realised that they can let him have an impact on the game and its about working with him more to get as much end product out of him as possible.
MH: Fatigue can effect Liverpool with Champions League matches having an impact but they have a big squad and you see they have plenty of resources on the bench and in the squad. Maybe there is added focus on them at the moment though and if we can add to that then we will do. They are an outstanding team though and we won't take them lightly.
MH: We did really well at Tottenham and Steve Sidwell has come in to do really well. But Glenn is a really experienced player and we have never expected him to return to us so soon. Credit to him that he is available so soon after his injury
MH: I think that we approached the Man City and Tottenham games in a positive manner but we had a game plan. We've been organised and difficult to break down but have had a threat on the break. We've had success with that on our travels with that. Maybe it has been a little bit easier in some ways away from home.
MH: We have made fundamental errors this season though and every time we do it seems like we are punished for them. Certainly in the home games, and against the teams that we are expected to beat. They sit in there with bodies behind the ball and that is always difficult to overcome. We've conceded at the key times in games. Scoring first is important in the Premier League and in too many matches we haven't done so.
MH: I think that when you lose the services of Suarez and Sturridge there is always going to be an impact on your performances. Liverpool are having to deal with that.
MH: We are looking forward to the big games now. If you look at our form away from them you will see we've gone on our travels and played well. Confidence wise we are decent shape, with the win at Tottenham which was comfortable in my opinion. We can go to Anfield and give another good account of ourselves I am sure of that.
MH: We got one goal back but we couldn't take the game away from them. We made mistakes and we got punished for them.
MH: We made mistakes in the early part of the game against Burnley, who capitalised on them with two early goals. It was then backs to the wall for them. We were the dominant side but we couldn't find a way to get back on level terms. They defended very well and kept us at arm's length
MH: Sadly though we have lost Victor Moses and that'll be a big miss to us
MH: Marc Wilson has trained this week and I'm hopefully of him. Robert Huth is coming close to returning to the group as well which I'm delighted with. He's been missed
MH: In that time we could even be in a similar situation but with different people, I really don't know. Ideally you want everyone fit and well but today they haven't missed any significant work; it's more repetition of what we normally do.
MH: It could be the time of the year we are in, I don't know. Maybe it could have been picked up from youngsters. We're hoping that it's just a 24-hour thing
MH: Well we have been struggling to contain the virus. the Under-21s were hit with it earlier in the week and closed their operation down for the last three days. Unfortunately today Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron and Phil Bardsley have fallen in and are struggling a little bit.
Mark Hughes has now entered the media suite at the Britannia Stadium.
Mark Hughes' pre-Liverpool press conference is almost ready to begin. Journalists and members of the media are gathered in the Media Suite at the Britannia Stadium waiting for the manager's arrival