Carragher: Liverpool must start better
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes it is vital that his team-mates make a better start to their 2013-14 Premier League campaign.
The Merseyside club won just two of their first 11 league fixtures this term, a run which virtually ended their hopes of a top-four finish before the turn of the year.
However, with results having improved since and manager Brendan Rodgers increasingly settled in the dugout, the 35-year-old believes Liverpool can get off on the right foot next time out.
"Looking at the season, if you remember at the start it was difficult because of the transfer window situation," he said.
"For a long period right up until January we had a lot of young lads in the team and it’s not easy for them. In the second half of the season we’ve had a bit more experience in the side, and you can probably see that in the results since then.
"We are on a decent run. We’ve only lost two league games since we got beat at Manchester United in January. That’s a run we want to keep going into next season - it’s a run they have to keep going from the very start this time."
Carragher is set to call time on his 17-year career at Anfield at the end of the season in order to move into television punditry, but the centre-back believes the future will be bright for the club even in his absence.
"The manager is implementing his ideas a lot more, and you can see very positive signs," he added.
"The manager making a few new signings in January gave us a boost. You can see it is really positive with the results we’ve had, but we have to take that into next season now.
"Yes, we had some difficult games at the start of the season, but you have to play everybody twice at some point. You have to overcome that. That’s the task for this team now.
"It’s about coming together as a team and winning games. Whether you keep lots of clean sheets or score lots of goals, it’s about getting the three points consistently."