Friday, March 19, 2010

Gerrard lauds players reaction

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes the dressing-down the players received from boss Rafael Benitez last week played a key role in their run to the Europa League quarter-finals.

Gerrard scored the early penalty that paved the way for his side's 3-0 win over Lille at Anfield and coming after Monday night's Barclays Premier League win over Portsmouth, Gerrard believes a corner has been turned.
Gerrard told Five: ''He (Benitez) is the manager and he's allowed to criticise the team at the right time but I think the reaction over the last two games has been superb and the plan is to maintain it on Sunday against Man United.''
Gerrard knows the importance of maintaining his side's good recent run against United if they are to continue their push for the fourth Champions League place and added: ''It was vital this game didn't go to extra-time tonight.
''We know how difficult it (Sunday) is going to be. We'll enjoy tonight and we'll get a warm-down tomorrow and we'll look forward to Sunday.''
Benitez hailed another good night at Anfield after recent tribulations, including some critical comments about him from Spanish winger Albert Riera. He said: ''It was a difficult game because they are a good team but the atmosphere was fantastic and everybody is happy now.
''We knew they had to push from the beginning and if we did not score an early goal they could carry on with some hope, so this goal gave us some time and some confidence too.
''You could see they were working very hard today so it was really good. They (Lille) were dangerous and have some good players with ability and pace. We needed to score the third goal just in case and it was a bit of a relief.''

1 comment :

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