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15 November 2009 @ 06:09 pm
Emiliano Insua today insisted Liverpool will return from the international break desperate to make amends for recent disappointments in their league campaign.

The Reds' international players return to Melwood this week ahead of Saturday's clash with Manchester City, when Rafael Benitez's men will be looking to haul themselves closer to the top four in the league standings.

But with 18 goals having already been shipped in 12 league games this season, Insua knows the emphasis is on regaining the watertight nature which has been the hallmark of Liverpool's defence over recent years.

"I'm not sure why our record hasn’t been as good this season," Insua said.

"Maybe it’s partly down to concentration. But it is also clear that we are conceding too many goals from set-pieces."

"We know we have to improve in this area. The players and the staff have to work to try and find a solution."

Insua also admits the relentless stream of injuries haven't helped the Reds' cause this term - but he insists they have the character to bounce back and resstablish themselves as a force in the league.

"At times it has been difficult. If you look at the Fulham game, we went there without 11 or 12 players who were injured," he added. "We got Albert Riera back to face Birmingham but then he got injured again and had to go off. Yossi also suffered an injury in that game and could now be out for some weeks."

"Just as we get players back, someone else has got injured. Yes, it's difficult but we should have enough in the squad to cope with these situations."

"Against Birmingham, we controlled the game and had plenty of possession."

"I was reading the reports the next day that said we had 78 per cent possession. When you study the game again you can see that we deserved to win."

"But we can not change the result now. Afterwards all you can do is think about the future and improving. We have to come back stronger."

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