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Opportunity knocked

Posted on 24 May 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp believes we missed out on a great chance of claiming an unlikely place in Europe after our 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.

Opportunity knocked

Harry Redknapp believes we missed out on a great chance of claiming an unlikely place in Europe after our 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.

The manager feels the Reds were not at their best and, with our seventh-placed rivals Fulham losing at home to Everton, he feels only a slight improvement in our performance may have been enough.

As it was, goals from Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt and Yossi Benayoun rendered Robbie Keane's strike meaningless, leaving Harry to lament afterwards.

"It was a bit of an end-of-season performance from Liverpool, and if we had upped the tempo and played a bit better we could have got something today," he said.

"We were desperate at half-time, being only 1-0 down, and I said we've got a chance with Fulham getting beat.

"We had a few key players missing, such as Woodgate, Lennon and Palacios, and when we lose personnel like that, perhaps we're not as strong.

"We've only won four games away from home, despite our home form being fantastic, and we need to do better on the road next year.

"We know how difficult it is to come to Liverpool and get a result because they've only lost two games all season, but we need to push on and improve a bit in the summer and come back stronger next year hopefully."

Nonetheless, Harry did take the time to reflect on what has been a magnificent recovery from the foot of the Premier League table to finish eighth under his management.

He feels that sort of form bodes well for his hope of taking us to the next level in 2009-10.

"I wanted to see us qualify for Europe, and to have done so would have been a great achievement for the Club.

"But I think to finish where we have done after where we were is a fantastic achievement, and improvements in two or three positions during the summer will give us a chance to push on."