Mascherano targets key area

08 June 2009 04:04
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has targeted an improvement against the Premier League's lesser teams next season in order to be crowned champions. The Reds finished runners-up to Manchester United this season despite performing well against the rest of the 'big four' of United, Chelsea and Arsenal. However, dropped points against the likes of Stoke, Fulham and Hull ultimately cost the Anfield club dearly and Argentina international Mascherano has identified similar games next season as an area to improve. "It would have been much better for us to win the title, but it is good for us to know what it takes to try and win the league," he told the club's official website. "We have drawn a lot of games at home against some of the clubs outside the top four and we know this is an area we must improve next season. "This season has been a bit strange. We have done really well against all the top teams but have sometimes struggled to beat the others. "You win the league when you beat all the teams, the bigger ones and the smaller ones. "But this season we went to Stamford Bridge, the Bernabeu and Old Trafford and won. This is very positive for the future. "This team is now showing we can win anywhere, but we need to get the balance right for next season."

Source: ESA

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