JAMIE CARRAGHER has urged Liverpool to banish the memory of their 1-0 defeat at Stoke City when they travel to Tottenham next Sunday.
The Reds’ unbeaten start to the season was ended in controversial fashion at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Referee Mark Clattenburg awarded Stoke a dubious penalty when Carragher was harshly adjudged to have brought down Jon Walters.
Walters picked himself up to score the only goal of the game and Clattenburg rejected two vociferous appeals from the Reds for a spot-kick of their own.
Rory Delap and Matthew Upson both got away with handling in the box and Kenny Dalglish’s side also paid the price for missing some great chances.
“We have to be disappointed with the penalty decisions,” Carragher said. “We had one go against us and a couple not go for us so we feel a bit aggrieved.
“We performed quite well and when you do that you normally get three points. I thought we reacted really well to going behind and deserved something from the game.
“Hopefully if we play like that against Tottenham next weekend we’ll get something. We have to ensure we bounce back.”
Stoke rode their luck but Carragher was full of praise for the way the Potters survived a second-half onslaught from the Reds.
“Their keeper and their back four did really well – you have to admire the way they defended,” he added.
“They’ve been like that for a long time, especially at home. We can be quite pleased with how we performed but we came away with nothing. It was Stoke’s day.”
Midfielder Stewart Downing insists the Reds can take positives from the manner in which they dominated much of the contest. “The manager said to us after the game to keep doing what we’re doing. I don’t think there was a lot wrong with our performance,” Downing said. “Stoke is a difficult place to go but at times we played some good football and cut through them.
“It was one of those days and we couldn’t hit the net but hopefully we’ll be able to do it at Tottenham next weekend.
“We’re frustrated but it was positive that we were able to create chances, were still passing and moving, and trying to do the right things.
“We were unlucky and on another day we would have put our chances away. I’m not sure whether it was a penalty or not for their goal but maybe we should have had one ourselves.
“Although I couldn’t see the incident from where I was standing, the lads were saying it was a stonewall handball afterwards.”
Meanwhile, Glen Johnson suffered another injury setback at Stoke. The England right-back made his first appearance of the season when he came on for Martin Skrtel with nine minutes to go but he aggravated his hamstring again.
Johnson will have a scan at Melwood to discover the extent of the problem.