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We must stop Crouch by lfctalk
February 6, 2009, 13:07
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Spanish right-back Alvaro Arbeloa has told Liverpoolfc.tv that he believes Peter Crouch holds the key to the Reds getting three points at Fratton Park tomorrow.

He said: “Portsmouth away is always a difficult game and I’m sure it will be no different this time because they need to win as well.”

“We know that Peter is always dangerous because he was a really good player for us but we have already played them at Anfield and we were able to control him quite well, so hopefully it will be the same again this time.”

After the defeat to Everton on Wednesday night, many thought the Reds spirit would drop but Arbeloa insists this is not the case.

“There is a long way to go and we are still fighting,” said former Deportivo La Coruna full-back.

“I don’t think we have ever lost belief even when results were not going as well as we would have wanted.”

“We believe we can do it. Our recent form may not have been our best but we are still up towards the top, two points behind the leaders, and we still have to play against Manchester United, so we still have a chance.”

“Confidence is high in the dressing room. Maybe there is a little bit of nervousness amongst the people but this is normal.”

“They see that we have a good chance this year but that we are battling with Man United and Chelsea.”

“We have to be focused only on the next game, though, and not think too much about what may or may not happen in the future or in the games to come.”

“In this case our next game is against Portsmouth and you get the same three points if you beat them as you do for beating Chelsea, so every game is important no matter who the opposition is.”

After the signing of Philipp Degen, many thought Arbeloa would have a fight on for his spot in the side, but he has made the role his own this season.

“I feel good and with every game I play I feel a little bit better,” he said.

“It is difficult when you have been out injured for a month because you have to get used to the rhythm of the team again.”

“Playing four games in a row was not easy but I feel really well and I am hoping to play in many more games.”


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