Liverpool still has a chance, says gerrard

Liverpool still has a chance, says Gerrard

LIVERPOOL set off yesterday for its make-or-break Champions League showdown in Budapest with skipper Steven Gerrard insisting that they can still salvage their season.

The Reds, with one win in 10 games in all competitions, are seventh in the Barclays Premier League and face a Champions League exit today when they face Hungarian champion, Debrecen, in Budapest.

Only a Liverpool win and a Lyon victory away to Fiorentina on the same night will save the Reds from elimination at the group stage — the first time that would have happened under boss Rafael Benitez.

But Gerrard, who will almost certainly need another pain-killing injection in his groin to allow him play in the Ferenc Puskas Stadium, is confident that Liverpool’s worrying season can be saved. He said: «The mood in the camp is really good, though we know our position in the table isn’t good enough.

«But we have faith in our ability. We know we can put things right. It’s been a frustrating few weeks because as soon as I was fit, we had the international break. I’ve been desperate to play and can’t wait to really get going properly again.»

Gerrard started his first game in a month last weekend when Liverpool drew 2-2 at home to Manchester City, and he is expected to continue in the side in Budapest despite problems with cramp in his calf muscles at the weekend.

Fernando Torres has been ruled out again by Benitez, who says: «He will not travel, but we will monitor him closely, although we are not sure whether he can play at Everton next weekend.»

Liverpool has doubts over Daniel Agger (cut head) and Ryan Babel (ankle), but Yossi Benayoun, Fabio Aurelio, Albert Riera and Glen Johnson are expected to travel after injuries. Defender Martin Skrtel, who scored his first goal for the club against City, believes that Liverpool can stay in the Champions League.

«We now have a big game coming up on Tuesday (today), and we have to forget about the City result and start thinking about Debrecen because it is a game we have to win,» he said. «I am looking forward to it and I will give my all to try and help us get a good result. We believe we can get to the last 16.»

He added: «I was very happy to score my first goal for Liverpool at the weekend. I have been waiting a long time for it, so it was a good moment for me.»

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