Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia has warned his team-mates they will be facing a fired-up Birmingham search-ing for revenge when the sides clash in the Carling Cup tonight.
The Finn was part of a Liverpool team who cruelly humiliated Birmingham in February, dishing out a 7-0 hammering at St Andrews in the FA Cup quarter-finals in what was the most embarrassing defeat during Steve Bruce's five-year tenure.
But Birmingham have got their season back on track in recent weeks and have won five consecutive games in all competitions and not conceded a goal for four Championship matches.
That means they will want to get their own back on Liverpool, whose away form in all competitions this season makes them likely candidates to become victims of a giant-killing.
Hyypia has told his colleagues what he expects from Birmingham on Wednesday night: "The Birmingham lads who played in that cup tie last season and had to suffer that 7-0 defeat will remember the match and they will be really up for it this time around," Hyypia said.
"They'll be ready for the fight and Steve Bruce will tell them to be more awake than they were last time, when we scored two very quickly.
"I guess Steve Bruce will be trying everything he can to make sure that doesn't happen again."
Hyypia added: "Maybe there was some luck in us scoring two so quickly, but we were up for the game and we decided to start very quickly and we got the reward.
"The whole 90 minutes from then on for us was very good, we scored some excellent goals and never let Birmingham into it.
"But this Carling Cup tie is a totally different game and they will want to make up for last season as well as to progress in the tournament themselves, we know it will be a lot tougher this time around."
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez will probably rotate his side again ahead of Sunday's tough trip to Arsenal.
He could well bring back Craig Bellamy, who is now in full training after missing three games with an ankle injury.
Benitez could also include Robbie Fowler up front with one eye on resting Dirk Kuyt and Peter Crouch for the game at the Emirates Stadium.