Club Focus – Liverpool – New signings talk a good game ahead of Spurs test

With January looming and Liverpool’s current squad lacking any real depth, one would imagine that the talk on Merseyside would be about new signings on the horizon. However, after the convincing 3-0 win over the Premier League’s bottom club West Ham at the weekend, focus has turned back to the existing players at Anfield who are making their voices heard.

One of these voices is Danish defensive-midfielder Christian Poulsen, who is backing the Reds to continue winning despite the absence of influential skipper Steven Gerrard. It may seem strange for Poulsen – who has been less than impressive since his arrival at Anfield – to be issuing such a call, but the midfielder also believes he can improve his own performances to help the team. The Kop will watch and wait.

Another new summer signing, Raul Meireles, has also been speaking of improvement. The Portuguese midfielder has not been as disappointing as Poulsen and others so far this campaign; nonetheless he has consistently been part of this Liverpool set-up which has failed to live up to expectations. Meireles has at times been playing on the right hand side this season, which is not his natural position – and it has shown. However, when moving back into the centre of the park again, the midfielder has played well.

Meireles is not a selfish player and has publicly said that he will play wherever the manager wants him to play. His determination to play for the Reds is impressive and he has this week tried to encourage the team. Meireles said: “We are on our way to being back up the league again. We work hard every day to win the games we play but sometimes it doesn’t happen like that. Thankfully against West Ham we showed our best form and everyone in the team was very good.”

The other good news at Anfield this week has been that Joe Cole should be able to return to the team to face Tottenham. The Englishman was courted by Spurs during the summer, but decided to move to Liverpool instead. Cole has shown glimpses of talent since his move to Merseyside, but more often than not the midfielder has been poor. However, with the Reds seemingly now all ready to improve and move up the table, Cole could find himself in a more confident dressing room. And it is said, confidence breeds confidence.

With Spurs up next for Liverpool this weekend, the positive signals coming out of Anfield indicate that the players are now ready to give it their all to help the club get back to its best. With Meireles and Poulsen speaking of their desire to improve and Joe Cole ready to return, things seem more positive for the Reds. However, Spurs will make life difficult for them and without Gerrard, Liverpool may struggle. Nonetheless, the attitude of the players this week has been excellent – not something people have been able to say often this season.

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