Home games key to Liverpool’s hopes of top-four finish – Enrique
Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes the Reds can still finish in the top four - as long as they can improve their home form
Jose Enrique is convinced that Liverpool are still in the race for a Champions League spot – but concedes the Reds must improve their home form to be in with a shout of a top-four finish.
Kenny Dalglish’s men were defeated 2-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday to leave them in seventh place, four points behind Arsenal in fourth.
The Merseysiders have been held to eight draws at Anfield in the league this term, and Spanish defender Enrique admits they will struggle to book a place in Europe’s elite club competition unless they are able to start winning more home games.
Reflecting on the Reds’ loss at Old Trafford, Enrique told Liverpool’s website: “Of course it’s a derby game, and it’s an important game for the fans because the teams have been rivals for a long time, but it is three points like any other game.
“We lost but the truth is that we have to win more games at home. It is hard to beat Manchester United at home but against teams like Blackburn and Swansea at home we need to win the points.
“We are still in the race to be in the Champions League next season. It’s hard, but Chelsea and Arsenal have lost many points too. Chelsea lost this weekend and we can’t forget Newcastle. You never know in football – that’s why everyone likes it. But we’re still in the race.”
Liverpool’s next opponents in the league are Arsenal, who travel to Anfield in early March – and Enrique was quick to point out the significance of the Gunners’ visit, with Chelsea also set to face the Reds on Merseyside in May.
“It’s really important that we have to play these teams at home,” said Enrique. “We’ll have another man – you play with 12 with our fans. But it’s not just them. There are many games left and we have to beat many teams to try and be there.”