Baros looking for happy Ewood return

THE last time Milan Baros set foot in Ewood Park he left in an ambulance with his season shattered along with his leg.

Now the Czech Republic star returns to Ewood Park to face the Premiership’s bottom club as Liverpool’s top scorer and with his career, he hopes, about to launch into overdrive.

Baros is now the genuine heir to Michael Owen’s throne and is starting to believe his much maligned partnership with Djibril Cisse is at last beginning to work. Boss Rafael Benitez is aware of what this match means to Baros, as well as defender Jamie Carragher.

Both Liverpool men broke a leg at Blackburn as the Reds won 3-0 last September.

Benitez said: “Perhaps it would be good for Baros to score at Blackburn, even Carragher too, if it is possible. But I hope professional players forget quickly things that have happened in the past and concentrate only on the future.”

Baros did not play again until February and started only three senior games in nine months before taking Euro 2004 by storm. But Baros and Cisse need to start showing signs of being a fruitful partnership.

With Benitez still likely to spend on a striker in the transfer window, it must start clicking into place quickly for Baros and Cisse.

Benitez, aware Real Madrid have said this week Fernando Morientes is going nowhere and Valencia’s Mista is being priced out of Liverpool’s reach, still declines to discuss either player in public. “They are both at other clubs and I do not talk about other club’s players,” he said.

But the message to Baros is crystal clear. Get the partnership working properly, and now.

And Baros said: “We are working on the pairing every day in training. And every day it is getting better. We know it is not as good as it could be but I’m confident we’ll come good. It is normal that two players who have never played together before will take time to get used to a partnership.

“Strikers are always judged by the amount of goals they score and I am hopeful that the two of us can score enough over the season to take us up to a position with the top clubs.”

After two wins in a week, Benitez’s Liverpool is beginning to take shape and they are red hot favourites to beat bottom club Rovers. Benitez said: “They need to win, particularly when you are playing at home and down at the bottom of the league. I am sure they will try very hard. My reports say they are better organised now than before.

“For us it is important to win this one after winning the last two games, for the club and the squad. It is important to keep winning for our confidence.

But Benitez has more of a smile on his face these days as he sees his ideas taking shape. Antonio Nunez - who has not played for the club yet following a knee injury - is back running and Steven Gerrard will also commence running work next week, with both players likely to be back before the end of next month.

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