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Alan Kennedy : Zenit Game Should Inspire Liverpool FC

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Liverpool Legend Alan Kennedy believes the atmosphere generated at Anfield on Thursday against Zenit should inspire the players to push for a European spot. Kennedy who won the European Cup twice with Liverpool during his career was at Anfield on Thursday night as Anfield rolled back the years.

Speaking to Liverpool Daily Post Kennedy said:

“Some of our players won’t have played in an atmosphere like that before. They won’t have experienced anything like that but having had a taste of it they should want more.

“Hopefully that will inspire them for the rest of the season. Being out of all the cups means we have to work doubly hard to make sure we get everything we can from the remaining league games.

The Kop Zenit

“There might not be a trophy at stake but there’s still a lot to play for…being in Europe is vital for a club of Liverpool’s stature. It was a special night on Thursday with the crowd playing their part and we came so close to pulling it off.

“We need to get more consistency with our results and finish as high as we possibly can. Too often this season little lapses in concentration have cost us and we’ve found ourselves chasing games we were in control of.

“We need to begin every game with the kind of mentality and attitude we showed against Zenit. That has to start against Wigan next Saturday.”

The Kop Legend also had a few words to say about Luis Suarez who continues to impress with his man of the match performances. Suarez who netted a double against Zenit including a magical freekick infront of the Kop, will continue attract more attention from clubs vying for his signature. But Kennedy believes our top players must be retained.

“Suarez is such a special player, even Phil Neal and I were on our feet when his second goal went in! How far he bent the ball around the wall was incredible.

“For the first one, people say he hit it straight at the wall but he saw that gap and went for it.

“Suarez has had a phenomenal season. He’s only one behind Robin van Persie in the race for the Golden Boot and I’m sure he has his sights set on getting that.

“Defenders are so frightened of him. He turns them so easily and they are wary of putting their foot in. He’s such a talent and his work rate is excellent.

“Every time he gets the ball he looks like he’s going to make something happen.

“Suarez sees things that no-one else sees. I remember the League Cup tie at Stoke last season when he curled one in from way out on the flank. He’s not afraid to try things – even when the odds are stacked against him.

“I’m not sure there’s a club around who could afford to buy Suarez. How much is he worth? He’s priceless. His value to the club is massive. He’s a one-off.

“He’s said he’s happy at the club and how much he loves playing for Liverpool. The Premier League suits him and he fits perfectly into Liverpool’s style of play.

“Of course he’s ambitious and wants to win trophies but hopefully he will see he can do that at Anfield. From the club’s point of view, you can’t afford to allow your best players to leave. We’re building for the future and we need to retain our top talent.

“It’s the same with Glen Johnson, who has been absolutely outstanding.

“Brendan is still building the team the way he wants it and I’m sure he will be looking to strengthen in a number of areas this summer. We need to build around our best players.

“If we finish this season with a great run it will give Suarez extra belief that the club is going in the right direction and can really push on next season.”

(Liverpool Daily Post)


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