Steven Taylor

Centre-back Steven Taylor is currently sidelined by a ruptured Achilles, but during his recovery is writing an exclusive blog for nufc.co.uk. In his latest instalment, Taylor talks about our win against Liverpool, the goal-machine that is Papiss Cisse and how his media work is taking a back-seat in the quest for fitness...

 

What an afternoon it was up here on Sunday as Liverpool came to our place and left with nothing.

As displays go, it was a brilliant all-round team performance, and that team spirit which you saw out there on the pitch has got us where we are today.

Liverpool had a couple of chances early on, but it could have been three or four for us and we looked very comfortable all the way through the game.

The gaffer touched upon it after the game but the likes of Willo and Perch at the back were fantastic. And they needed to be with the attack that Liverpool have got - players like Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy.

But we kept them very quiet and they were almost non-existent.

We played to our strengths, it was as simple as that. The midfield were maganificent, with Yohan Cabaye, Cheick and Danny Guthrie all dominating, and what a job Jonas has done at left-back recently.

Obviously two goals from Papiss has seen him grab most of the headlines, and he is phenomenal talent - a pure goal-machine. You see it in training as well - you put the ball anywhere in the box and he seems to get the perfect little flick on the ball. Even if he scuffs it, it ends up in the top corner!

What people don't realise though is that Papiss is a very strong lad as well who can hold the ball up, and it's difficult for defenders to play against him. He's got that presence about him, is solid and hard to shift. He makes a defender's job very hard, as Liverpool found out to their cost.

There's only seven games left now and we are all very positive about them. Hopefully we can keep the performances up, get a few more wins and achieve our target of qualifying for the Europa League.

Everything is looking good at the moment and long may it continue. We aren't looking down now - we only want to look up, keep going and see where we can get to.

As for me, I just wish I was out there rather than kicking my heels on the bench. Games like Liverpool on Sunday are what you want to be a part of - the same as matches against Chelsea, Arsenal and teams like that.

You want to be involved in them, in front of 52,000 fans, an amazing, electric atmosphere, and I'm just devastated sitting on the sidelines and screaming the lads on rather than playing.

But my comeback is going well. I'm on schedule and my main focus is on pre-season. As long as I come back in good shape for that then I will be happy.

I think I will probably be starting running in about a month or so, but at the moment it is all about strength work and then the work load will follow after that.

I've done some punditry and media work in recent weeks, but that will all ease off between now and the end of the season.

My fitness is my main focus. There's no more media for me - that's on hold right now - I just want to concentrate on getting fit. I'm on long days at the Training Centre, starting at 7.30am and not leaving until about 4pm.

That takes it out of you, but I know I'm only going to get fitter and stronger. It's three or four sessions a day and I will benefit massively from that. It's what I need and I've got a great medical team behind me.