Insua issues rallying cry
Full-backs admits Reds must show fight
By Danny Wright. Last Updated: November 20, 2009 10:25am
Insua: City test
Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua admits his side must turn their season around - starting with a win over big-spending rivals Manchester City at Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds have faltered so far on both the home and European fronts this season, lying seventh in the Premier League table and 11 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Rafa Benitez's UEFA Champions League hopes also hang by a thread, with his side needing to win their last two Group E matches to stand any chance of progressing to the knock-out stages.
A trip to Hungarian side Debrecen on Tuesday night comes after the City game, followed by a Premier League clash with rivals Everton.
The run of games could define Liverpool's season, and Insua has called on his team-mates to show they are capable of reversing their fortunes.
"We know we have to start winning games and this is a big game (against City), but it's still too early to be looking at the league table," he said.
"Maybe we can look at it again in February or March and then see where we are.
"We have to start showing what we are capable of. City have signed a lot of top players and they are a good team but we have a good squad as well."
Mark Hughes' side have benefited most from Liverpool's downturn in form and looked well placed to capture the elusive fourth Champions League place should their rivals continue to slide.
The trip to Anfield will provide a test of City's credentials, who covet the Merseyside club's hold on a place in the big four of English football.
Fernando Torres is set to miss out for the home side, but Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson should all return to boost Benitez's ranks.
And defender Insua says his side can capitalise on home advantage and pick up three vital points.
"They (City) want to be top four but there are a lot of teams fighting for this, so we have to push hard and start winning games," said the 20-year-old.
"But there is a long way to go in the season and a lot of games left in the Premier League for us to put things right, starting with Manchester City."
"Maybe we are making some mistakes in defence and conceding goals from set pieces but we have worked hard on this in training and are confident we can put things right."
He added: "City will come to Anfield to try and win and I think it will be a very open game. We have to be strong in defence and we have an advantage because we are playing at home with our fans behind us."