Stevie G is right, we should be further up the table, says Liverpool boss Benitez

Last updated at 09:20 29 February 2008

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez insists everyone at the club shares captain Steven Gerrard's assessment of their troubled season.

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Gerrard claimed he felt "gutted every time I look at the table" and insisted

chasing fourth place was unacceptable for the Anfield club.

But instead of chastising the midfielder for his comments, the Spaniard has

rallied behind him and echoed his thoughts.

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Rafa Benitez and Gerrard

Benitez said: "Everyone at Liverpool shares Steven's sentiments. There is no

question about that.

"We wanted to be further up the table and the fact we are not is a

disappointment to everyone.

"We are still confident of finishing in the top four, which would obviously

mean we would qualify for next season's Champions League."

And it is that competition, in which the club have excelled during the

Spaniard's reign, which he believes can save their stuttering campaign.

"The important thing now is to concentrate on what we can still do," he


"We are still in the Champions League and our record in that competition is

one that most other clubs would envy."

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