Gerrard calls for calm despite defeats

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told Reds fans not to panic despite a very disappointing pre-season campaign.

Out of five pre-season friendlies, Rafael Benitez’s team won only two, losing their last three. On Friday night in their final warm-up game to the new season the Reds were crushed 5-0 by German side FSV Mainz.

And with Liverpool’s season kicking off on Wednesday night with a vital Champions League qualifier at Anfield against Israeli side Maccabi Haifa, the recent results have been the cause for some concerns amongst Liverpool fans lately.

But Gerrard insists that there’s nothing to worry about and blamed fatigue as a factor for the poor results. He said, “The message is don’t panic. I know people are going to look at the score and be shocked, but you’ve got to look at the factors. We’ve been doing a lot of hard work all week, including some weight training before matches, which has taken a lot out of the lads.

“It’s never a nice feeling to lose any game for Liverpool, but what happened at the end was understandable. This trip has been all about fitness and it’s been a tough ten days, but it’s going to be different when the competitive games start.”

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