Konchesky admits to struggling with Liverpool expectancy

Defender Paul Konchesky has admitted difficulty in moving up to Liverpool’s level and accepted full responsibility for Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.

Defender Paul Konchesky has admitted difficulty in moving up to Liverpool’s level and accepted full responsibility for Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.

The left-back was given a tough time by Aaron Lennon and was caught out of position and found lacking for pace as the winger raced through to score the winner in added time.

"I've got to up my game. Where I've played before has not been as high a standard as Liverpool, but this is a good pressure," said the 29-year-old.

"The fans want you to be in the top four because that's where Liverpool belong.

"Straight after (Lennon's winner) I knew that I'd have to hold my hands up, but we also had chances to win the game.

"That's part of football and we've got to try to take the positives out of the game.

"I was gutted (with the winner); being the last minute as well it didn't give us any time to get back into the game.

"But that's life, we've got to put it behind us, and I've got to put it behind myself for the next game."

Roy Hodgson, who brought Konchesky with him from Fulham when he replaced Rafael Benitez as manager, has slowly been instilling his own tactics and performances have dipped as a result.

"I got injured early on so I'm just getting back to playing at full fitness now," Konchesky added.

"I'm getting used to the atmosphere and the people surrounding the team.

"I can see signs that we're starting to play in the style he (Hodgson) wants.

"The more we work on it on the training ground, the more the players get used to what the manager wants.

"We're taking it into games. The performances have been of a much higher standard in the last two games.

"It's about organisation and a lot of hard work. Players filling in for each other when someone's out of position.

"I think the team is becoming organised in the system."

 
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