Jose: We must put a stop to our Kop flops
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