Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gerrard wants Liverpool to overcome the Italian nightmare

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has asserted that the Reds must use their trip to Chelsea on Sunday to provide a positive reaction to last night's Champions League defeat by Fiorentina.

Rafa Benitez's side were beaten 2-0 by the Italians, and Gerrard knows that they must return to their usual high quality in the capital at the weekend.

“It was a really disappointing night,” the England internatioinal acknowledged, speaking to The Liverpool Echo.

“We are disappointed with our first half performance. We just didn’t turn up and were second best all over the pitch. We deserved to go in behind.

“There was a reaction in the second half – without creating many clear-cut chances – but we lost the game in the first half tonight.

“We didn’t do what we usually do in Europe. We usually play with a high tempo, pass the ball well and play really well on the counterattack. Those things weren’t there tonight and it was all over the pitch – from front to back.

“Now we’ve got a massive game at Chelsea on Sunday. We have to get this result out of our system quickly and show a reaction at Stamford Bridge."

Lyon hammered Debrecen 4-0 in the other game in Liverpool's group last night, leaving the Reds in third place. Gerrard knows that a win in their encounter with the French outfit is vital.

"It’s wide open in this group and there is a lot of football still to be played," the midfielder added.

“It’s important now that we win our next home game against Lyon. If we win all our home games and try to pick up a couple of points in the last two away games then we will be fine."

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