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No extra pressure, says Carragher

Published: Tuesday 6 November 2007, 21.08CET
Jamie Carragher admits Liverpool FC are feeling the pressure as they prepare to face Beşiktaş JK – but he insists that the Reds have the mental resolve to cope.
by John Mathews
from Liverpool

Tournament statistics

LiverpoolBeşiktaş

Goals scored29
 
4
Attempts on target77
 
19
Attempts off target66
 
28
Corners71
 
29
Offsides32
 
12
Fouls committed188
 
82
Yellow cards17
 
10
Red cards1
 
0

Matches

6 November 2007

A Liverpool
8-0
Beşiktaş
A Porto
2-1
Marseille
B Valencia
0-2
Rosenborg
B Schalke
0-0
Chelsea
C Lazio
2-1
Werder
D Celtic
1-0
Benfica
D Shakhtar
0-3
Milan
C Olympiacos
0-0
Real Madrid

7 November 2007

 
Published: Tuesday 6 November 2007, 21.08CET

No extra pressure, says Carragher

Jamie Carragher admits Liverpool FC are feeling the pressure as they prepare to face Beşiktaş JK – but he insists that the Reds have the mental resolve to cope.

Jamie Carragher admits Liverpool FC are feeling the pressure before their must-win UEFA Champions League encounter with Beşiktaş JK at Anfield – but he insists they have the mental resolve to cope.

Istanbul defeat
The 2-1 defeat by Beşiktaş at the Inönü Stadium a fortnight ago left the Reds bottom of Group A with a solitary point from their three games, though Carragher is refusing to wilt. "We should have pressure on us," he said. "That's what you want because you know you are playing for a good team then. If results don't go well, it's the same for ourselves, Chelsea [FC], Arsenal [FC], Manchester United [FC], and all the other big clubs around Europe ... they are under pressure. We realise how important this game is, but there is no point putting extra pressure on ourselves.

Test of character
"Beşiktaş beat us in Turkey, so credit to them. They played well and we were disappointed but hopefully we will make it right again. This club is built on character and I think we have proved that over the last few years." Carragher believes Liverpool are still in with a chance of winning their remaining three matches, provided they do not get ahead of themselves. "We have to make sure we beat Beşiktaş," he said. "We don't want to start thinking about the last game away to Marseille because we have to concentrate 100 per cent on this one first."

No disaster
Carragher, however, denies it would be "a disaster" if Liverpool, finalists twice in the last three years, failed to make it past the group stage. "I don't think that's the right word. It's part of football and you can't win all the time," the 29-year-old said. "We have got a great record in the Champions League and we want to keep that going. If we don't go through, hopefully we can make it into the UEFA Cup and do well in that. We're a big club and we want to go on in the Champions League. The whole club – the fans and the players – want to play against the top players in Europe and prove we're up there, as good as the best of them. It would be a disappointment [to go out] but, if it happens, we have just got to get on with it."

Last updated: 06/11/07 21.43CET

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