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Penalty was never in doubt: Gerrard

Steven Gerrard says that he never doubted he would convert the late penalty that sent Liverpool into the semi-finals despite one of his worst games for the club.

sports Updated: Apr 09, 2008 22:46 IST

Steven Gerrard said that he never doubted he would convert the late penalty that sent Liverpool into the semi-finals despite one of his worst games for the club. "That was possibly one of the worst performances I have ever put in wearing a Liverpool shirt but I was confident I would score the penalty," Gerrard said.

Liverpool's captain was played out of position on the left and had failed to make an impact before once again turning into his side's Champions League saviour.

Gerrard said that Liverpool were lucky to book a semi-final tie against Chelsea for the third time in four years. "Arsenal are a fantastic team. They passed us off the pitch but we stayed together," he said. "We never lacked belief and in the end we came through. It was a fantastic team performance but 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 will be ready for Chelsea."

Manager Rafael Benitez defended his surprise decision to play Gerrard on the left and use Peter Crouch in attack in a move that seemed to hamper rather than improve his side. "Peter Crouch scored three goals against Arsenal last season and scored again on Saturday (in the Premier League)," he said.