Maik Taylor has challenged Birmingham to reproduce their form on the road at St Andrew's in a bid to rejuvenate their season.

Birmingham come face to face with Liverpool on Saturday armed with the knowledge that they reeled off an impressive double against the European champions last term.

While Birmingham are unbeaten in all four of their road trips this season, their home form has been abysmal.

One solitary goal and three straight defeats are all they have to show for their efforts at St Andrew's this season and Taylor is acutely aware that record needs to drastically improve.

Goals from Walter Pandiani and Julian Gray gave Birmingham a deserved three points at St Andrew's in February after Darren Anderton's first goal for the club gave them a rare win at Anfield in November.

Birmingham will be heartened by the fact that Liverpool haven't scored away from home in the league this season and, despite their stuttering start, are only one point better off than Steve Bruce's team.

Yet they are still rightly considered a major scalp and Taylor is convinced that a third consecutive victory over Liverpool will inject some much needed impetus into their campaign.

"We need to sort our home form and a win against the champions of Europe would be an ideal way to get the ball rolling," said Taylor.

"It won't be easy though, as they are going to be full of confidence on the back of their success last year and they have strengthened their squad as well.

"It was indicative of our inconsistency last year, that we bet them twice, but let Crystal Palace do the double over us.

"We certainly need to change our season around.

"Two draws and a win on the road is good form and if we take that sort of record back to St Andrew's and turn it into a fortress, then we will be okay."

Taylor was rested from the midweek Carling cup victory over Scunthorpe United and his understudy Nico Vaesen turned in a polished performance.

However, it would be a major surprise if the Northern Ireland international wasn't recalled for Saturday's vital game.

Birmingham would have expected to glean far more than five points from their opening six games, and they have some difficult fixtures looming on the horizon.

Their cause hasn't been helped by a spate of injuries that has wiped out virtually every midfield player at the club, as well as Nicky Butt's suspension.

The midfielder could now miss four more games after pleading guilty to an FA charge of using abusive and/ or insulting words towards a match official following his dismissal at Portsmouth.

Confidence isn't coursing through the veins of Birmingham's players at present but, despite a depleted squad, Taylor believes their obdurate performance at Portsmouth sowed the seeds of a revival.

"We have had a sticky start so, inevitably. the confidence is going to be low, but on the evidence of the performance at Portsmouth, the lads are fighting for the cause," continued Taylor.

"We are all in it together and we can take heart from that game as we got our rewards for hard work."

Paul Scharner, the Austria

international utility player, is a target for Birmingham and could be available for £2 million. But the Brann Bergen player, aged 25, has hardly endeared himself to Bruce after saying that " Birmingham would not be my favourite club".

Scharner actually swore at Bruce during a pre-season friendly that saw Brann defeat Birmingham 4-0 in Norway.

Scharner reacted to a tackle by Marcos Painter, Birmingham player, who broke the leg of Fabijan Cipot. Bruce then tried to calm the situation but was told to "f*** off" by Scharner.

Nevertheless, Scharner revealed himself to be a tough competitor, the type who would fit comfortably into the Birmingham midfield.

"I have an understanding that Birmingham like what they saw," Scharner said. "And there should be a conversation in the near future. If they want to talk then I would listen to them and it might happen.

"Steve Bruce is a fantastic manager but I am not sure the team will do very well in the league this season so Birmingham might not be the right choice for me."