Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Jamie Carragher : Liverpool Did Not Do Enough Effort

Jamie Carragher has spoken of his disappointment that his Liverpool side were unable to break down West Ham United's defence at Anfield last night in a game that ended 0-0.

Liverpool's Carragher Says Reds Require More Effort

However, the former England defender has tried to take the positives from the situation as well, insisting that the Reds are still doing well despite recent set-backs.

"It’s disappointing when you’re not winning your home games because that is always what you want to do," he told The Liverpool Echo today.

"But the positive thing is we’ve had three home games on the run and we’ve been poor in each one of them but still qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League and we’re top of the league.

"Normally when you are not playing well things go the other way, but in this case we’ve actually gone up the league which is a positive for us to take.

"We are probably going through a bit of a bad spell at the moment but we’re delighted to be top of the league. The performances aren’t as good as what we are looking for but we’re still top."

Liverpool did not have it their own way at Anfield last night, with the closes they came to a goal being when a Yossi Benayoun effort was stunningly saved by West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green. Craig Bellmay also hit a post for the Hammers with Reds keeper Pepe Reina beaten.

"I don’t think we did quite enough to win the game," Carragher added, before going on to praise last night's opponents.

"West Ham were a bit dangerous on the break and it was pretty similar to the Fulham game really where we had a few chances without creating any absolute sitters.

"With a bit of better finishing or a great goal maybe we could have done it but credit to them and we know we’ve got to do a bit more."

The player also dismissed suggestions that Liverpool are currently feeling the pressure when they play at home and letting the tension affect their performance. Last night's result follows hard on the heels of the Reds' 0-0 draw with Fulham at Anfield, but Carragher insists that playing at home is not a problem.

"I love playing at Anfield," he continued.

"We’ve had some great nights and I’m sure that will continue.

"It’s just that we’ve got to do more. It’s got nothing to do with playing at Anfield. It’s just something we’ve got to overcome. But, on the other hand, it’s now almost a full year since we were last beaten at home so it’s not that bad.

"Our record at home has been very good over the last 12-18 months but now we’ve got to start turning these draws into wins."

Liverpool top the Premier League table with 34 points from their 15 games, a point ahead of Chelsea.

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