Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has stressed the imminent return of captain Steven Gerrard will not detract from the work which will have to be done in the wake of their White Hart Lane humiliation.
Even before the Reds had Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel sent off in Sunday's 4-0 defeat it was apparent they were nowhere near the level Tottenham were playing at. A second successive defeat, and in particular the first-half performance, will no doubt pose a number of questions but Dalglish stressed they would not be answered by Gerrard's return.
The England midfielder could well end six months on the sidelines with an appearance in Wednesday's Carling Cup tie at Brighton. But Dalglish said: "It's natural everyone will chase Stevie, especially after we lost 4-0. But we have to look at ourselves. We know there is plenty of room for improvement after that [defeat]."
He added: "He (Gerrard) has done fantastically well to get where he is. We will monitor his fitness, we will see how it goes, and then we will decide between ourselves when he is fit to play.
"We have to correct the mistakes we made, improve on it and try to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"That is all we are going to concentrate on.
"We have had good days and we will have a lot more coming but that doesn't mean we dismiss a performance like that.
"It doesn't mean we go away and don't correct what we have done and take it for granted.
"When we played well we went out and worked hard to make it better and we'll do exactly the same."
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