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Can Liverpool bounce back after Tottenham defeat?

When you’re just one goal in front, anything can happen in a game of football. On Wednesday night, Spurs came from two goals down to draw 4-4 with Arsenal, while they also demonstrated the emboldened character of the team on Saturday when Liverpool were in town. After their 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane, one of the Reds players is calling for a positive reaction from his team to show they have what it takes to win the title this term.

ESPN reports that Jamie Carragher cites the example of Chelsea as something his team have to follow, with the Blues battering Hull and Sunderland after losing at home to Pool the previous weekend. While everything had been going swimmingly for Rafael Benitez’s team, a first defeat was always a matter of time, but can they bounce back from this setback?

“Look how Chelsea have reacted since we beat them and how Manchester United reacted when they lost to us,” he said.

“They’ve been on a great run since. It’s how you come back from your setbacks that counts. This will be a test for us now.

“If you want to show you’re championship contenders it’s how you bounce back that matters.

“Before Jose Mourinho came to Chelsea you could get away with losing five or six but now it seems to be three or four.

“The standards are so high. You can’t afford to lose too many.”

Many might point to the fact that Liverpool had been rather fortunate before Saturday’s loss, while others are claiming that the team might have won the match had Fernando Torres been fit. Indeed, despite victories over Wigan, Chelsea and Portsmouth without the Spaniard, the Reds have lacked something of a cutting edge and it’s hard to see them challenging for the title without a fit number nine.

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