Gerrard targets title.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has hit back at Sven Goran Eriksson’s suggestion that he needs to leave the club in order to win the Premier League.
Eriksson, who managed Gerrard during his spell as England boss, was quoted on Tuesday saying, “I don’t begrudge a good guy like Steven winning the Premier League. But maybe he needs to change clubs if he wants to win that title.”
However, Gerrard insists Liverpool are closing on being a title-challenging club, having reached the final of both the League and FA Cup last season. However, they have taken just one point from their first two league matches of this campaign, following Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
“Hopefully before I hang my boots up I can realise the dream of winning it – but I’m also realistic as well,” Gerrard said to Sky Sports.
“I don’t think we’re miles away. Of course we have to be realistic, we finished eighth in the league last year but we got to two major cup finals which shows we can compete with anyone on our day.
“If we find a better level of consistency we can find ourselves higher up the table than last year.”
To be fair, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been realistic about the club’s chances this season. The all-action midfielder has suggested that a ‘better level of consistency’ can help the Reds improve on last season’s dismal eighth-placed finish and this, rather than a title push, should be the aim for new boss Brendan Rodgers.
In all honesty, Liverpool are nowhere near good enough to challenge for the Premier League crown at present and we suspect that Rodgers would be over the moon with a fourth-placed finish. Even that will be tough, however.
The Northern Irish motivator will need significant time and money to brake back into the Premier League’s elite club and he has had neither in significant quantities so far.
Having said, there could well be a surprise opening this season. While Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea currently look like bankers to finish in the top 3 places, neither Arsenal (3rd last season) or Spurs (4th) look especially convincing. The Gunners have lost key men Robin van Persie and Alex Song, with Theo Walcott set to follow, while Spurs are in a period of transition after replacing Harry Redknapp with Andre Villas-Boas and have also lost their best player, Luka Modric.
Rodgers needs time and support at Anfield. He inherited a squad containing several expensive flops and was therefore not given the same financial backing as predecessor Kenny Dalglish. If Liverpool don’t finish in the top 4, or even 5 or 6, Rodgers should be backed next summer. More changed at Anfield is not what is needed.
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