Birmingham City head for Liverpool on Saturday, knowing that the last team to visit Anfield were hit for six. But boyhood Liverpool fan Sebastian Larsson sees no reason why Blues should suffer the same fate as Derby County.

The Rams upset the formbook when they beat Newcastle United to claim their first Premiership win of the season on Monday, suggesting that they might have not been at their best at Anfield almost three weeks ago .

Steve Bruce's men have not lost on their last two visits to the red half of Liverpool and the mood in the camp is right back on the up again after they claimed their second win of the season at the weekend.

After Cameron Jerome inspired them to victory over Derby last month, Saturday's victory over Bolton Wanderers was rather less cause for purring with total pleasure. But winning is a nice habit to get into and Larsson insists that Blues can go to Anfield with the same confidence that exuded on the first day of the season, when they gave Chelsea such a good game but went down 3-2.

"I'm sure we will be positive," he said. "We've got nothing to lose.

"We've got a really hungry squad, we're full of confidence and the pressure is on them. On our day, we're good enough to give anyone a game."

For Larsson, it is a second visit to Anfield to play the team he supported as a boy, along with so many other Scandinavians.

On his last trip, both he and Blues team-mate Johan Djourou were unused substitutes as Arsenal went down to a late 1-0 defeat. But Djourou will have much happier memories of his two visits in the space of three days last season, when Arsenal's 'reserve' team knocked Liverpool out of both cup competitions.

Djourou played the full 90 minutes in the second of them, a delayed Coca-Cola Cup quarter final which Arsenal won by the astonishing scoreline of 6-3. That experience is an example to the rest of his team-mates as to what can be achieved on Saturday.

Bruce also has a pretty decent record at Anfield, extending back to his playing days when he found the scoresheet in January 1994 as Manchester United went 3-0 up inside half-an-hour and briefly upset a young Larsson.

"Yes, I was a Liverpool fan as a youngster like many from my country," said Larsson. "It was before my time but, when they signed Glenn Hysen, that influenced a lot of Swedish people.

"These are the sort of games you live for and dream of and hopefully we can go there and do ourselves justice."

Blues are up against a Liverpool side who have been held in both their last two games, drawing 0-0 at Portsmouth last Saturday and 1-1 in midweek at Porto. Although Jon Arne Riise is expected to be fit, the Reds still have injury worries over Daniel Agger and Xabi Alonso.

They will also be concerned as to what reaction to expect from former Blues wild boy Jermaine Pennant, who lost his head on the pitch in Porto, paying no heed of more than one warning before being sent off for a second bookable offence.

Pennant is free to play on Saturday, but it still might be too soon for Damien Johnson. The Blues skipper has been out of action since injuring his hamstring in the pre-season friendly at Walsall in late-July but played for the reserves against Arsenal's second string at Barnet on Monday.

Blues reserve-team boss Keith Berstchin said: "Jonty came through without any illeffects but, given how well Larsson played last Saturday, it would be asking a lot of Johnson to be given an immediate first-team recall."