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We need derby spirit at Anfield - Nabil

Posted on 10 February 2015  - 12:05

Nabil Bentaleb knows we have to hit the same level of performance we reached against Arsenal when we face Liverpool at Anfield this evening (Tuesday, February 10, kick-off 8pm).

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Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Gunners represented our best display of the season and now we face another stern test against the Reds.

Both teams have lost one of their last 10 in the Premier League - we've won three on the trot and four of our last five while Liverpool have won three of their last four.

"It’s another big game," said Nabil. "We have a few coming up against West Ham, Fiorentina, Chelsea in the final as well. We all want to play in these games.

"We have to be focused and to continue playing how we played against Arsenal and match that same spirit again at Liverpool."

After five weeks away on international duty with Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations, Nabil was back in the starting line-up on his return against Arsenal and put in an impressive display in the engine room alongside Ryan Mason - pinpointed later as a key area of the derby.

He's determined to push on again now. "I came back from Africa and had to rest and recover for a few days but I feel stronger, I’m fully fit and ready to play," he said.