Mascherano warning for Reds
Javier Mascherano feels Liverpool need to replicate their victory over Manchester United.
Last Updated: 26/10/09 1:51pm
Javier Mascherano has warned Liverpool that Sunday's victory over Manchester United will count for nothing if it is not the start of a winning run.
Fernando Torres and David Ngog scored the goals to earn a 2-0 success at a deafening Anfield, but Mascherano played an equally influential role.
The Argentina captain was at his destructive best in the heart of midfield, snubbing United's attacks, before a late red card and he is well aware of the importance of the win.
Liverpool went into the game having experienced four successive defeats in all competitions, but the triumph over rivals United stopped the rot and has led some to suggest they could still be in the title race.
Mascherano hopes he and his team-mates can surge up the table, saying: "It was difficult for us to lose four games in a row.
"But now I say, 'let's start again'. Now we have won we cannot stop, and (we will) try to keep going. We are pulling together.
"If we want to fight for something we have to play every game like that. We cannot be relaxed with this win, that is the message."
Fifth-placed Liverpool trail table-topping Chelsea by six points, but Mascherano is focusing on one game at a time.
"We need to think about continuing winning, not to look at the table and seeing we are six points behind Chelsea," he said. "We have to look forward and not drop important points in the future.
"If we want these three points (against United) to be valuable we have to show this performance in the future.
"Maybe people thought we couldn't play as we can against the top sides, but we showed we can and we are really happy."