Thursday, 10th February 2011 

Liverpool coach Steve Clarke has expressed his delight at how the Anfield side have been defending, stating his belief that success has been, and always will be, based on how a side keep their opponents at bay.

Clarke is a former Chelsea coach who worked with Jose Mourinho and more recently with Gianfranco Zola at West Ham. And the arrival of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager caused the Scotsman to recruit his fellow countryman to the Anfield staff.

"Your success is always based on how you defend", Clarke told the club’s official website when questioned about a run of four clean sheets in a row for the resurgent Reds.

"If you defend well as a team and don’t concede goals then you will always give yourself a chance to win the game. I know it sounds like an old cliche and it’s really simple, but the basis of any good team is built on a strong defence.

"It has been good for us in the last few games not to have let any goals in. It’s good for Pepe [Reina], it’s good for the confidence of everybody and hopefully we can continue that."

Liverpool will be keen for yet another clean sheet when they host Wigan Athletic at the weekend. With the Reds up to sixth in the Premier League, the feel-good factor is starting to return to the club.


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