27 Sept 2011

Liverpool FC's STEVE CLARKE: "I might as well give up coaching...!"

Liverpool's Assistant Manager Steve Clarke gives his thoughts on the victory over Wolves and Steven Gerrard's comeback from injury.

Former Chelsea coach Clarke has struck up a very productive working relationship with fellow Scotsman Kenny Dalglish, and he was refreshingly honest about Liverpool's shortcomings against Wolves:

"I think we maybe played a little bit too open at certain times in the game...and we lost our composure a bit in the second half...but we can address that on the training pitch.

"The amount of chances that we created in the game [Against Wolves] was the pleasing aspect. If one of those goes in and it becomes 3-1 then it’s a more comfortable afternoon for everybody. We could only convert two but it was enough to get the three points.

"There’s always something to work on and improve. If I look at a game and don’t see anything to work on then I might as well give up coaching".

Many fans are desperate to see Steven Gerrard playing 90 minutes week-in, week-out again for Liverpool, but what factors will decide when that will actually become a reality?

"I think Steven himself will dictate the pace of his comeback and how he’s progressing in training. We’re delighted with the stage he’s at, and with everything he’s done for us.

"It was one of those games on Saturday where, towards the end, you’re looking to make a change, but you don’t want to make it and disrupt your team.

"I felt we had a decent control of the game, and we could’ve maybe got Steven on a bit earlier but it didn’t work that way. We’ve got a full week’s training this week, and we’ll use him well in training, and obviously we’ve got another game to think about at the weekend".

The Merseyside derby is looming on the horizon, And Clarke is clear about what the club's mindset should be right now:

"The focus now will start to move towards Everton...In football, if I’ve learned one thing over the years it’s the next game is the most important. There’s no point in dwelling too much on the game that’s just gone, or being really happy or sad about it because the next game is the most important".

Roll on Everton!

Jaimie Kanwar


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