'Champions League points the priority' - Liverpool FC defender Jamie Carragher
17 September 2009 09:00
JAMIE CARRAGHER insisted winning was all that mattered after Liverpool got their Champions League campaign underway with an unconvincing 1-0 victory over Debrecen at Anfield last night.
The Reds were indebted to Dirk Kuyt’s strike just before half-time as they made hard work of defeating the Hungarian champions.
“It wasn’t easy and we weren’t at our best,” Carragher admitted.
“We had a couple of chances early on but you could see it was going to be a tough night and we found it difficult to break them down.
“We didn’t play as well as we did against Burnley last weekend but the most important thing was getting the result.
“We wanted to get off to a winning start and we’ve done that.”
Debrecen put up a brave fight in their first appearance in the group stage but Carragher wasn’t surprised by their performance.
“I thought that would be the case before the game,” he said.
“Sometimes it’s more difficult when you play against teams you don’t know a lot about.
“When you play against the big clubs you know exactly who they’ve got and it’s actually a bit easier.
“Debrecen were an unknown quantity and they played very defensively, which is their right.
“No-one has really heard of them and this was their Champions League final really.
“Playing at Anfield was a massive night for them and credit to them because they put on a good show.”