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|Steve Finnan today insisted the Liverpool players are determined to put a smile back on the faces of their fans this weekend following Wednesday's Champions League defeat to Marseille.|
|The Reds have an early chance to return to winning ways at Anfield when they face Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, and the Liverpool defender admits nothing less than three points will be good enough after a poor display in midweek. |
"We know we owe it to ourselves and to the fans to turn in a good performance this weekend," he said. "We understand the frustrations of the supporters at the moment and we want to put things right.
"The Marseille game was a poor one from our point of view but at least we can get it out of our system with a victory against Tottenham.
"I'm not sure what went wrong on Wednesday. We didn't start well and then didn't really improve. We only looked like scoring towards the end of the game. It was a really strange display.
"We have to remember that we have a lot of quality in the squad and it's only a matter of time before it all clicks again for us. I don't think we've been at our best over recent weeks but hopefully we can soon return to the form we're capable of.
"It'll be difficult this weekend because Tottenham are a good side with players who can hurt you, especially in forward positions. Robbie Keane is someone I know well and of course Berbatov is a top quality player. But they've had their own problems this season and we have to take advantage of that and play to the standard we're capable of.
"The Champions League campaign may not have started as we'd have wished, but we're still well placed in the Premier League and it's important we stay up there with the leaders."
er, hello! :) new member, long-time lurker of the comm. thought that i would come out now that i have a fic that i would like share. be nice? :P
rating: pg flangst?
pairing: Daniel Agger/Steve Finnan
disclaimer: oh yeah, like i own either of these two men. seriously.
summary: a small little conversation between the boys after the defeat to milan last may.
additional info: danny and finns are supposedly roommates here. it's night and they're asleep. and this obviously takes place the night of may 23.
a/n: this is my first foray to the fagger pairing, but i love them too much. :P it's short, and i hope you guys like this. - nadz
|Steve Finnan today accused referee Rob Styles of costing Liverpool two crucial points against Chelsea as he spoke of his bewilderment at the controversial penalty decision.|
|Finnan was penalised after his collision with Florent Malouda, which allowed Frank Lampard to steal a 1-1 draw at Anfield. |
A distraught Finnan said he was stunned when he realised Styles was pointing to the spot.
“It was definitely two points lost. We deserved to win the game,” said Finnan. “I’m very disappointed with how they got back into the game. Four points isn’t a bad start for us, but it should have been six.
“Everyone has said it wasn’t a penalty. I couldn’t believe it. At the time when he blew I thought it was for offside. None of their players appealed for it. Their player just ran into me, so it was very surprising.
“They needed something like that to get back into the game. We played a bit better after they scored. We dominated after that, and in the first half. They had no chances except one or two headers, so it’s disappointing what happened.
“But our start has been good and we should take a lot of confidence from that. The way they celebrated a draw at the end shows what it meant to them, and it felt a bit like a loss to us, but hopefully over the course of the season things will be evened out and we’ll be up their challenging.”
Finnan now sees next week’s trip to Sunderland as just as important as yesterday’s clash, as Liverpool strive for the consistency required to maintain a title challenge.
“Sunderland away is a difficult game.
“After international breaks it’s the kind of game we’ve struggled with over the year,” he said. “We’ve a good enough squad to cope, but with all due respect we should have the quality to win those types of game.”
Liverpool defender Steve Finnan has signed a new two-year deal.
The Republic of Ireland international agreed terms last month and has now put pen-to-paper on the contract.
Rafa Benitez has brought in a host of new faces this summer but former Reds full-back Phil Neal believes tying Finnan to the club is a terrific move.
He told the club's official website: "He is so steady, and if you want to get into that top two you need three or four steady-eddies in your team. I mean this in a very good way.
"Perhaps people don't always recognise the job he does, but every time you get three-quarters of the way into a season you realise he has been there throughout and hasn't really put a foot wrong. You don't need to worry about him.
"He's cool under pressure no matter how big the game is. You get him in a tight situation and he doesn't panic.
"He has seen off a few rivals for his position during his time at the club, and you have never seen him spit his dummy out when new competition arrives."
Finnan joined Liverpool from Fulham in 2003 and has so far made 121 league appearances for the club.