first_imgTue 8 Apr 2008 21.31 EDT Share on Facebook Soccer Steven Gerrard admitted that one of his happiest nights as a Liverpool player also featured arguably his worst performance for the team. “That was possibly one of the worst ever performances I’ve ever produced in a Liverpool shirt,” the captain said. “But I still showed the composure to score the penalty.”Deployed wide on the left of midfield, the England international certainly had an unusually reduced impact on the game, even if his manager, Rafael Benítez, disputed the perceived poverty of Gerrard’s performance.Liverpool took time to start closing Arsenal down and pressing them. It was only after the centre-half Sami Hyypia had equalised Arsenal’s opening goal that they began to relax and impose their game. Gerrard said: “It [tonight’s win] is right up there with them. Arsenal are a fantastic team and at times they passed us off the park. But we stayed together. We never lacked belief and in the end we came through – it was a great team performance. “It would be difficult to say the best team won. They had a lot of possession and created chances but over two legs we are a match for anyone. We’ve got some big games coming up but we will be ready for Chelsea.”Not that Liverpool’s players were the only heroes of the evening, which set up another Champions League semi-final meeting with the Stamford Bridge club. Gerrard made a point of praising Anfield’s home support for helping inspire victory. “If our fans keep performing like this it’s a big help to us, and other teams coming here find out just how important they are to us,” he said. Ryan Babel concurred. “The fans’ performance was like having another player, a 12th man,” said the Dutch winger, who made quite an impact as a late subsitute. It was his run into Arsenal’s area which resulted in the penalty for the third goal, immediately after Theo Walcott had run Liverpool ragged to set up Emmanuel Adebayor for Arsenal’s second goal, and he then completed the scoring. news Louise Taylor at Anfield This article is more than 11 years old First published on Tue 8 Apr 2008 21.31 EDT Share via Email Share on Twitter Topics Soccer This article is more than 11 years oldcenter_img Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Liverpool Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn That was one of my worst performances for Liverpool, says Gerrard Share on WhatsApp Shares00 Share on Twitterlast_img read more