Fabio Aurelio: Liverpool Have To Improve Defensively

The Brazilian defender believes that such is the Reds' confidence at present, they would be unstoppable if they could cut out errors at the back...
Fabio Aurelio is the latest in a long-line of Liverpool players to call for an improvement to their recent performances in defence.

While the Reds have been in stunning form going forward, smashing in 27 goals during their last eight games, Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina has had to pick the ball out of the back of his own net 11 times in their previous four fixtures.

Following the 4-4 draw with Arsenal at Anfield on Tuesday evening, the Merseyside outfit's title challenge took a huge blow as Manchester United, who still have a game in hand, moved three points clear after a 2-0 win over Portsmouth on Wednesday night.

The Brazilian full-back has said that Liverpool have not given up hope of clinching the Premier League this season but suggested they might have made it much easier for themselves had they been tighter in defence.

"The boss is always telling us that we have to keep a high tempo so I don’t think his instructions have changed too much," Aurelio told the club's official website.

"It is more that we are playing with greater confidence as a team and the belief that we all have is making the team more aggressive when we go forward.

"We like to score a lot of goals but we are not happy to concede. It’s not easy to score the number of goals that we have done against the big clubs this season and this gives us even more confidence.

"We will take that into the games to come but, like I said, we must cut out the mistakes and get back to being solid in defence because this will make it easier for us to get the results we need.

"Obviously we have just missed an opportunity to take all three points [against Arsenal] but there are more games to come and our job now is to try and keep winning games to keep the pressure on.

"There are still a lot of difficult games to come for everyone and we hope that Manchester United will struggle in some of their fixtures.

"It is the nature of this team to keep on fighting until the very end and this is what we will do."

Ricky Brooks, Goal.com