Posted on: Mon 22 Jan 2007

There was, at least, one good news story to emerge from the defeat at Anfield on Saturday. That was 90 minutes between the posts for Petr Cech after three months away from the game.


To choose such a high intensity occasion to make a competitive return (Cech had just one training ground practice match under his belt) was typically brave - and after the final whistle and despite conceding twice, he was pleased to be back.


'There was a lot of pressure on me because I have not played for such a long time,' Cech said.


'This was a big game and everyone was waiting to see how I would play. At this point I can be satisfied because I didn't make any mistakes and I felt comfortable in the goal.


'Unfortunately we didn't start very well and we were punished when we conceded an early goal.


'Of course I am disappointed in the result but the feeling for me is a little different because for me it feels like a personal victory.


'The decision whether to play or not was very difficult because I have only been playing this week. But I decided to play because it is a very big game and I wanted to be there on the pitch as soon as possible.


'We conceded early goals and that is exactly what Liverpool wanted,' he added.


'But of course we are still in the title race because there are a lot of points to play for.'