Gerrard: Kop will fire us on
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steven Gerrard believes that the Anfield roar will help The Reds find the net against Benfica.
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard believes that the Anfield atmosphere will help The Reds overcome their striking crisis against Benfica on Wednesday night.
Rafa Benitez's side suffered more frustration in front of goal in a 0-0 draw with Charlton Athletic on Saturday when they needed a victory to send them into the UEFA Champions League tie in good heart.
The reigning European Champions need to overturn a 1-0 first leg defeat against the Portuguese outfit but Peter Crouch, Fernando Morientes and Djibril Cisse are all currently struggling to figure on the scoresheet.
Robbie Fowler was also denied by the offside flag against The Addicks for the second time since his return, although Gerrard believes the roar from The Kop will turn the odds in The Reds' favour.
"We know what people are going to say because we have been getting a lot of 1-0 results and this time, we couldn't find that breakthrough," said Gerrard.
"We've just got to keep creating the chances. Hopefully, a few breaks will go our way and the goals will come.
"We've definitely got goalscorers in the squad. I'm sure it is only a matter of time before the goals start going in.
"I don't think not scoring against Charlton will have an effect on what happens on Wednesday.
"The ground will be a lot noisier. I'm sure the boys will play at a higher tempo."
Benfica's chances of progressing look brighter after Italian striker Fabrizio Miccoli marked his return to fitness after a seven week lay-off by scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Estrela Amadora at the weekend.
However, Benitez is confident that Liverpool will progress despite their unenviable position.
"I don't think this game will be especially difficult," said Benitez.
"I saw nothing in Lisbon that we can't handle at Anfield."