Last week, it was widely quoted that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard wouldn’t be too happy this season even if the Reds march on to win the UEFA Champions League this season. The reason was Rafael Benitez’s side’s poor performance in the English Premier League once again.
Stevie G though has now lambasted the press who he says twisted his comment and pulled his words out of context. Gerrard now insists that winning the Champions League would certainly make everyone in the red half of Liverpool more than happy but admits that they need to improve their league record soon.
The Liverpool skipper says:
We are winners and we want to try to win every competition we are in.
The message I was trying to get across was that, even if we do win the Champions League and finish fourth, we’ll still look to improve in the league.
As captain of the club it’s very easy for your words to be twisted into something that doesn’t really reflect the interview.
We are disappointed with where we are in the league, but we’re going to try to get into the top four and improve our league situation next season.
Hopefully while we’re going along we can get to another Champions League final. That would be a really good season.
But the headlines got twisted into, ‘If we win the Champions League it won’t be important’ – which is nonsense.
That is not what I meant at all. There won’t be anyone happier in Liverpool than me if we do win the Champions League again.
But, because we’re Liverpool football club, even if we do win it, we’ll still worry about and try to improve our league form.
The important thing short-term is to get in that fourth position, then we can re-group in the summer and have another go at winning the league.
The players here know we’ve underachieved in the league this year. Now we’ve got to finish as high as possible this year and have another go next season.
Liverpool play Internazionale next week and are favourites to go through after winning the first leg 2-0 at Anfield a fortnight ago.