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Stevie glee: We can beat the lot of them boasts Gerrard

By Steven Beacom

Liverpool's inspirational skipper Steven Gerrard last night outlined the new belief that is driving the Reds towards a first title since 1990, by insisting the Reds can beat anyone, anywhere.

Rafael Benitez’s side are still three points clear at the top of the Premier League following Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Portsmouth.

Gerrard, not for the first time in his Liverpool career, was the hero with a superbly taken late penalty against Pompey and now the Kop idol claims the Anfield outfit have no reason to fear any away ground.

That confidence will be put to the test tomorrow night when Liverpool defend their unbeaten start to the season away to a Tottenham side rejuvenated by new manager Harry Redknapp.

Gerrard said: "It is a great feeling to be top of the table, especially knowing that we have beaten two of our main title rivals (Chelsea and Manchester United) along the way.

"This season we have a belief that we can go anywhere and win.

"We believe we can win in any situation, even when we have backed ourselves into a corner.

"But no-one here is going to be getting carried away with our position after recent results.

"There is extra pressures being top of the table, we are there to be shot at and we become an even bigger scalp for the rest of the league."

Goalkeeper Jose Reina believes Liverpool's future prospects depend on winning every home game, which they have often failed to do in the past when confronted by defensive opponents.

Reina said: "The win over Portsmouth was a hugely important three points for us because we have to keep on winning. Once you are at the top of the table you have to do everything you can to defend that position.

"To mount a title challenge you have to be able to win games in every way."

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