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Aurelio challenges Liverpool: There must be more to us than Gerrard, Torres

Fabio Aurelio admits Liverpool let themselves down against Fulham.

The Reds drew a blank and Brazilian fullback Aurelio says they cannot continue relying on Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to find the back of the net.

"We have played for two months without Fernando Torres, and that is a big loss, but managed to win matches," he said. "We were able to handle it. And we should be able to do the same without Steven.

"Of course he is a fine player. He is approaching 10 years since his debut and he is very important for us. I have only been with him at Liverpool for a couple of years, but I know full well what he means to the club.

"I see him working every day in training, I see him leading the side on the pitch, and he is very, very special.

"But again we should not use as an excuse the fact that he was not playing against Fulham. It is too easy a thing to say.

"We have won games without Steven before, and we have good enough players to come into the side when he is not playing and still be able to win games."

Aurelio added: "Any side in the world would miss a player of Steven's ability and leadership. That is obvious.

"But we are finding teams now coming to Anfield and playing like Fulham did. They did not really have many chances, but teams now defend deep and in numbers. It is difficult to break down, but we should be able to do that with the players we have, with or without Steven."

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