need 5 good displays
By Paul Eaton - LFC Official Website
Steven Gerrard says Liverpool will pick up a lot of
points over the last five games of the season if they
perform as they did against Spurs at Anfield.
Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by Spurs but Gerrard
has dismissed suggestions the Reds were once again
affected by playing a European game just days before.
Indeed, the Reds' skipper believes the performance
should have warranted maximum points and he insists
that, with 15 points still to play for, there is still
every chance of the Reds catching Everton.
He said: "It wasn't a case of us not playing well after
a European game in the week. Once we settled down
Tottenham didn't get a look-in and that's why the boys
are so frustrated with the result. We played well, we
created chances and if we play like that over the next
five games I'm sure we'll pick up a lot of points.
"We'll keep trying to catch Everton. The manager told us
after the game to forget about the Tottenham result now
and look forward to the last five games in the
Premiership. We need five good performances in these
games and I can tell the fans we won't give up in the
battle for fourth."
Gerrard was happy to come through the Spurs game after
missing the clash in Juventus with a groin injury.
"I was a bit worried before the game because I didn't
know if I was going to come through but it held up well
and now hopefully I can get a couple of good training
sessions in before the game on Wednesday," he added.
Rafa rues missed chances
By Peter ORourke - Planet Football/Sky Sports
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was disappointed to see
his side only draw with Tottenham at home.
The draw saw Liverpool drop down to sixth place in the
table to leave them facing an uphill battle to qualify
for next season's UEFA Champions League.
Benitez was happy with his side's performance and
believes they did more enough to win.
"We played a very good game," said Benitez.
"For the last 15 minutes of the second half we played
good high tempo football. The players worked very hard
and we had shots, got crosses into the box, missed a
"(Fernando) Morientes missed two great chances and Luis
Garcia had a really good chance.
"I thought we were unlucky and I am a frustrated
manager. The only thing is you must score when you have
Benitez singled out Xabi Alonso for special praise for
his showing as he made his second start after long-term
"Xabi played well. At half-time he was a little tired
and I thought about taking him off but then he can the
ball and make things happen," added Benitez.
"He did very well and he is very important to us."
says sorry after penalty agony
By Paul Eaton - LFC Official Website
Steven Gerrard has held his hands up and accepted the
blame after his missed penalty cost the Reds the chance
of three points against Tottenham.
Liverpool had to settle for a 2-2 draw after goals from
Luis Garcia and Sami Hyypia saved a point for the home
side who were twice forced to come from behind.
But it could have been a crucial victory for Rafa's men
had Gerrard not blazed his second half penalty high and
wide after he had been sent tumbling inside the area.
He said: "I'm very frustrated over the penalty miss
because I should have scored it. I'd like to apologise
to the fans and the players for not scoring. I blame
myself for the fact we haven't won today.
"I decided to go for power and kept my head down as I
ran to the ball. The lads have told me their goalkeeper
went early so if I'd looked at him I would have been
able to pass the ball in.
"The last time I took a penalty I went for placement and
missed so that's why I went for power this time. I think
that's the end of me on penalties from now on.
"I could have won it from open play as well with a shot
which hit the post, but it just wasn't my day today. I
hope to get the chance to make amends over the remaining
games of the season.
"We dominated the last ten minutes of the first half and
all of the second so it's really disappointing that we
haven't got the three points."
By Peter ORourke - Planet Football/Sky Sports
Tottenham dented Liverpool's UEFA Champions League
hopes with a 2-2 draw at Anfield.
Liverpool were forced to come from behind twice to earn
a draw as they slipped to sixth spot in the table
courtesy of Bolton's win at Charlton.
Spurs led twice through Erik Edman and Robbie Keane, but
goals from Luis Garcia and Sami Hyypia drew Liverpool
level with Steven Gerrard missing a second half penalty
as Liverpool were brought down to earth after their
midweek European heroics.
After a quiet start from both sides Spurs broke the
deadlock on 12 minutes with a spectacular strike from
Edman in their first noteworthy attack.
There looked very little danger for Liverpool when Edman
picked up the ball fully 35 yards out, but the Swede
unleashed an unstoppable swerving shot into the top
corner to leave Jerzy Dudek rooted to the spot.
The goal stung Liverpool into action and Antonio Nunez
fired a left-footed shot over the top a minute later.
Spurs captain Ledley King had a half chance on 19
minutes when he rose highest to meet a long throw-in
from Stephen Kelly, but his header lacked the power to
Fernando Morientes created a chance for Stephen Warnock
on 21 minutes with some neat approach play on the edge
of the box, but the youngster could only curl his shot
It was one of Warnock's last involvements in the game as
he was forced off after 34 minutes and had to be
replaced by John Arne Riise.
Nunez had a sight of goal on 36 minutes, but the
Spaniard dragged his shot well wide of the target.
Gerrard tried to lift Liverpool and he tried his luck
with a volley from the edge of the box which bounced
into the ground and through to Paul Robinson who saved
well at his near post.
Liverpool drew themselves level a minute before the
break with a superb strike from Garcia.
Steve Finnan fed the little Spaniard 30 yards out and he
cleverly turned Edman before curling a brilliant shot
past Robinson into the top corner of the net.
The home side could have taken the lead right on the
stroke of half time when Gerrard picked Morientes out
inside the box with a fine free kick, but Robinson
produced a superb save to keep out the striker's header.
There was still time in the half for Keane to volley
over the top after latching onto Fredi Kanoute's
Spurs missed a great chance to restore their lead on 50
minutes when Kanoute headed Andy Reid's corner wide
after finding himself unmarked in the box.
The visitors did grab a second goal on 55 minutes when
Kanoute latched onto a long clearance from Robinson and
dug out a fine cross for Keane and the Irishman's header
took a slight deflection off Jamie Carragher to
Liverpool were handed the chance to draw level two
minutes later when they were awarded a penalty after
Gerrard had been tripped in the box by Michael Carrick.
However, Gerrard wasted the opportunity by drilling his
spot kick horribly wide of the target.
Seconds later the play switched straight to the other
end when Liverpool failed to deal with another long
clearance from Robinson and the ball broke nicely to
Kanoute on the edge of the box, but he saw his shot fly
just over the crossbar.
Liverpool fought back to draw level again on 63 minutes
with Hyypia expertly volleying home from the edge of the
box after Kanoute failed to properly clear Gerrard's
Garcia made a chance for himself two minutes later when
he brilliantly controlled the ball inside the box, but
instead of crossing he tried a shot from wide on the
left which flew over the top.
Finnan came close to firing Liverpool in front on 69
minutes when Gerrard cleverly played the full back
through on goal, but he dragged his shot just wide of
the far post.
Liverpool were laying siege to the Tottenham goal and
the impressive Xabi Alonso tried his luck with an
ambitious effort from inside his own half which Robinson
The Spanish midfielder then had another chance from a
free kick from the edge of the box which hit the
Spurs almost went in front for a third time on 84
minutes when the Liverpool defence stood off Simon
Davies on the edge of the box and the Welshman hit a
superb chip which Dudek did well to tip over the
Garcia wasted a good opening two minutes later when he
was teed up by Riise on the edge of the box, but the
little Spaniard horribly blazed his shot into the Kop.
Liverpool came agonisingly close to grabbing the winner
in the final minute when Gerrard saw a fierce shot from
the edge of the box strike the base of the post.
There was still time for Morientes to miss a golden
chance to net the winner when Finnan picked him out on
the penalty spot, but leaning back he fired his shot
over the crossbar as Spurs held on for a point.