Wednesday 16 November 2011

Dropped points annoy Enrique

Liverpool defender warns crucial points lost at home could be costly

Jose Enrique wants Liverpool to turn Anfield into a fortress in the Barclays Premier League

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has warned his team-mates they cannot afford to throw away points at home.

Despite creating a host of chances the Reds were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday by a Norwich City side enjoying a fine start to their first season back in the Barclays Premier League.

Liverpool have now dropped six points at home to Norwich, Sunderland and Manchester United after leading in all three matches.

The Merseyside Club dropped to sixth in the table and slipped to four points behind Newcastle, who are currently lying in fourth place.

"We all respect Norwich and they did really well," said Enrique. "But at home against teams like that we have to win if we want to be in the Champions League. I think we lose a lot of points like that.

"I think the best teams in the world and in this League will beat teams like that, with the greatest respect, especially at home because it is more difficult to play them away.

"We've dropped two points. I hope we don't need these points in the future."

Martin Skrtel headed against the crossbar and Luis Suarez twice hit the woodwork as Liverpool dominated for large spells of the game.

They were made to pay for those missed opportunities when Norwich substitute Grant Holt cancelled out Craig Bellamy's opening goal to earn a 1-1 draw for the Canaries.

"We deserved three points. We had a lot of chances to score goals and I don't know what happened," added Enrique. "I think we had some bad luck, it became frustrating for the players who were trying and trying.

"In the second half we dropped a bit and they scored an amazing goal. We can't do that. We have to play like we did in the first half."

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Key Points

  • Liverpool held to a draw at home by Norwich
  • Enrique tells team-mates to not be so wasteful
  • Spaniard is targeting a Champions League place