Rafa and Carra want Reds to fight on

The Reds’ hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four are

virtually over after they were held to a frustrating goalless draw

by Fulham at Anfield on Sunday. The result left them sixth and

trailing fourth-placed Manchester City by six points with just four

games remaining and having played once more than the Eastlands

outfit. Liverpool still have the Europa League semi-finals to look

forward to but, adding to their woe, it was revealed star striker

Fernando Torres is to visit a specialist for assessment of his knee

injury. Manager Benitez said: “We have to keep going but they have

to make mistakes, two or three teams, and the difference is maybe

too much now.” Benitez infamously gave a “guarantee” earlier this

season that Liverpool would finish in the top four, but when asked

if he now regretted that remark he did not answer directly. “As a

manager, you have to believe and support your team,” he said. “We

have to keep going.” Veteran defender Carragher agreed the top four

positions may now be out of reach but was not prepared to give up

on the closing games. The 32-year-old said: “Until we are certainly

out of it, we will have to keep going for the top four. “But we

have made it a lot more difficult for ourselves and nobody will be

expecting top four from us. “We will see where we go. It might put

more pressure on the teams expecting top four and maybe that might

work in our favour. “We had two targets, top four and Europa

League. Top four is looking a bit difficult now but the Europa

League is all to play for. “If we could finish with a trophy, it

has been a tough season, but that would finish it nicely for us.”

Liverpool dominated but badly missed the firepower of top scorer

Torres, who failed to feature despite Benitez’s hopes his injury

was not serious. Torres scored twice against Benfica on Thursday

but showed signs of discomfort throughout and the club are now

waiting learn the full extent. “We don’t know really,” said

Benitez. “It depends on the specialists.”