Jose: We must put a stop to our Kop flops

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By GRA­HAM CHASE

JOSE EN­RIQUE be­lieves trans­form­ing Liver­pool’s An­field form is the key to end­ing their Cham­pi­ons League ex­ile.

The Reds are still reel­ing from the fall-out of their ex­plo­sive 2-1 de­feat by Manch­ester United at Old Traf­ford at the week­end.

They are four points adrift of fourth place as they look to avoid a third suc­ces­sive sea­son with­out Cham­pi­ons League ac­tion.

But, due to their FA Cup fifth-round tie and the Car­ling Cup final against Cardiff, they don’t have an­other league game un­til they host Arse­nal on March 3.

Kenny Dal­glish’s side have man­aged four wins and eight draws from their 12 home league games.

And En­rique be­lieves cur­ing that is cru­cial if Liver­pool are to make the top four.

He said: “We have to win more games at home.

“It is hard to beat Man United at home, but against teams like Black­burn and Swansea we need to win.

“We are still in the race to get into the Cham­pi­ons League next sea­son.


“It’s hard, but Chelsea and Arse­nal have lost many points too – and we can’t for­get New­cas­tle.”

PFA chief ex­ec­u­tive Gor­don Tay­lor hopes Liver­pool’s apolo­gies for their con­duct at Old Traf­ford will draw a line un­der the row be­tween Luis Suarez and Pa­trice Evra.

Suarez, Dal­glish and chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Ayre all said sorry af­ter Suarez re­fused to shake hands with Evra.

Tay­lor is con­fi­dent the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the clubs can move for­ward.

He said: “A num­ber of peo­ple thought it would be nice to have an apol­ogy for what had been said rather than just the hand­shake, but some­times you’ve got to play with the cards you’re given.

“The state­ment from Luis Suarez is a step in the right di­rec­tion.”

UP FOUR IT: Jose En­rique says the Reds can still make Cham­pi­ons League


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