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LEDLEY ON ANFIELD TEST

Posted on 13 January 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King says the team must 'show what we are all about' at Liverpool on Saturday after our FA Cup exit against Leicester.

Ledley King says the team must 'show what we are all about' at Liverpool on Saturday after our FA Cup exit against Leicester.

The side has responded well to setbacks this season and, after Carling Cup defeat to Grimsby, a five-match unbeaten run was embarked on - or, to put it another way, one loss (against Bolton) in 12 games.

The skipper acknowledges the hard work must continue if our placing in the top quarter of the Premiership standings is to be maintained.

"The lads are obviously disappointed with the result on Sunday, but we realise we have to bounce back and how important our position is in the league now we are out of two cups," he reasoned.

"We really have to make the position our own and it is going to take a lot of hard work.

"When we had the disappointment at Grimsby we showed what we are all about and bounced straight back. Now we have to do the same again."

First up in that process is the always challenging trip to Anfield against a side who have not been been beaten in their last 11 Premiership games - a run which has included ten wins, with his former youth team colleague Peter Crouch very much to the fore with four goals in his last six league outings.

"They have been brilliant, not conceding many goals and now starting to score freely. For Crouchy, even though he was playing well before, the goals weren't coming. Goals have come into his game now and he - and the rest of the team - are confident.

"Steven Gerrard been magnificent and we realise it is going to be a tough game. Last season's one was and we got a good result.

"I would like to think we have stepped up our game a bit this season, while they will probably feel they have, which will make it a very interesting game," added Ledley, who feels the often midfield axis of Gerrard and Xabi Alonso is really clicking into gear.

"Alonso allows Gerrard to push on a little bit more and I think that is why he is scoring more goals. Maybe he tried to do too much for the team at one stage and couldn't do everything. He has got great confidence in Alonso, who can get the ball moving and find players, giving Gerrard the chance to bomb on and get on the end of things."