FOLLOWING impressive performances against Arsenal and Manchester City away, Captain Fantastic Steven Gerrard has issued a rallying call that Liverpool FC can still get fourth place in the Premier League.
Speaking in the aftermath of the Man City result, where a defensive mistake by Pepe Reina led to City salvaging a point, Gerrard was in a positive mood.
“City are a good side and to go away to the champions and get a point is a good result, but after the way we played we’re disappointed not to get the win.”
Indeed Liverpool dominated the game for long stretches, with the movement and interchanging of the attacking players causing the Champions numerous problems. Daniel Sturridge was perhaps the stand out player amongst a number of impressive performances, showcasing an almost complete range of centre forward play. Holding the ball up to bring others into play, dropping deep then turning to play the ball forward, running at players on the flanks and running in behind the defence whenever he could.
However, following a second successive draw away from home Liverpool now sit 9 points from fourth place Spurs with just 13 games of the season remaining. But Gerrard is buoyed by the fact that none of those 13 games are away trips to teams in the top 10 of the Premier League, with Tottenham, Chelsea and Everton all due to visit Anfield.
“We might not have got the results we wanted against the top sides but every time we have certainly matched them if not bettered them in games.”
In his attempt to rally the troops for a push on fourth, Steven may be conveniently forgetting about the game against Arsenal at Anfield, or the first half against Manchester United at Old Trafford, but he’s certainly got a point that if we are able to play like we did against Man City more regularly we should have a strong finish to the season.
For me, if we were going to get fourth then we needed to have held onto the 2-0 lead against Arsenal and not conceded such sloppy goals against Manchester City. The team is certainly capable of playing excellent football and scoring against even miserly defences, but all season there has been a tendency for individual defensive mistakes that has cost us points.
The last time we were buoyant about our prospects for fourth place and looking at a not so difficult run of games, we ended up losing to Villa at Anfield – the same Villa side that has looked hapless against all manner of opposition this season. Hopefully this time the side won’t be as complacent and will play at the level they can in the remaining 13 league games.
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