STEVEN GERRARD HOPED HE HAD PLAYED FOR LONGER

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard feels he left the club too soon. The former Reds midfielder is one of the most celebrated players in the Premier League era but he wished he extended his playing career for a little while longer than the summer of 2015.

The current boss of Glasgow Rangers said he regretted his decision to bring down the curtain on his career that early.
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Gerrard thinks Liverpool can still contend

Steven Gerrard reckons that even after losing the golden boot winner of the last season, Luis Suarez, Liverpool is a contender for the Premier League silverware in the ongoing season.
The Reds could have ended their 2-decade long league title drought last season as they were in a great position with just a couple more games to go, but, in what turned out to be a title deciding encounter, they lost to Chelsea leading to the heartbreak of the club fans.
That win of Chelsea gave Manchester City the much needed advantage and they capitalized on that to end up leaving Liverpool behind by just 2 points.
City’s goal differential was better too. So, even if it was a tie in terms of points, they would have won, but, two games prior to that, the situation was much different with Liverpool being in a comfortable situation at the top. It was their title to lose and they lost it unfortunately.
However, Gerrard seems to have forgotten what happened in 2013-14. He has his sights on future only and he is of the view that his team has got the right kind of blend to go close to the title or even win it this time around.
Talking to the reporters last week, the Reds skipper said, “It’s absolutely vital to remain in the European Cup, but, that doesn’t mean we will be content with a top 4 finish only. We are going to fight for the title. We know it’s within our reach especially after the way we carried on our campaign the previous season. If we play that way again, we’ll be real contenders.”
Liverpool has had a decent start in the league this season as they have won 2 out of their first 3 games. The remaining one they lost against Manchester City.

Gerrard Takes Much Needed Holiday

Steven Gerrard has had an interesting last 3-4 months. From being on the verge of lifting the league trophy to travel to Brazil to captain the Three Lions to their worst ever outing in a FIFA World Cup, the midfielder has gone through a lot. After all this, he was surely in need of going on a short holiday and he has done exactly that.

He is in Ibiza at the moment spending some time with his wife and his kids. In some of his recent photographs that have been uploaded on websites, he is looking relaxed and rejuvenated which is a good thing at least for his club Liverpool. The Reds would certainly need their captain at his best next season if they have to get close to the league glory again.

Gerrard’s personal performance in both the Premier League as well as in the World Cup was brilliant last season. Yes, he made a slight mistake in the World Cup group game against Uruguay which led to that second Luis Suarez goal, but, apart from that, he was flawless.

Despite that, at the end of the season, he found himself empty handed and that would have left him frustrated.
The kind of guy Gerrard is; he doesn’t like to bring out his frustration in public. He is very calm and collected.

But, in the interviews that he has given after that World Cup debacle, he has looked deeply hurt and rightly so because the time is almost running out for him to win a big tournament.

There is no doubt that the player of his calibre deserves silverwares. He has been a true legend of the game having made close to 500 English top tier appearances along with 114 international appearances.

NEW POSITION

During the last few matches of Liverpool, Steven Gerrard has been deployed into a new position which is partly due to the injury that Lucas Leiva sustained and now the English captain is being placed as a holding midfielder instead of his usual attacking minded spot in the pitch.

Earlier in the month of January during Liverpool’s match against Aston Villa, Gerrard seemed to struggle trying to adapt into his new role but in their next encounter which was against Everton it was a completely different match for Gerrard as he was much more comfortable and even scored the opening goal of the game.

According to Brendan Rodgers, Gerrard has silenced his critics.

Rodgers said: “If anyone ever questioned whether Steven Gerrard can play as a controlling midfielder then he put on one of the best performances I’ve seen for a long, long time.

“I thought he was sensational in that role – opening up the game from behind, his exhibition in blocking, when he marked space, when he marked a man. He controlled the game and it was wonderful.”

Following the 4-0 triumph of Liverpool against Everton, Gerrard told the club’s official website about what it feels like playing on a position for his team and he is confident that with time and work, he can improve much more and get things right.

“It’s a different position to the one that I’ve played for the last 12 or 15 years.

“Previously, I’ve been trying to get from box to box. But the new role is more about control and organizing the people in front of me.I know that with time and work on the training pitch, I can get it right because I believe I can play in a number of positions.” Gerrard wrote on Liverpool’s website.

Gerrard Keen On Retaining Luis Suarez

Steven Gerrard is seemingly impressed with the indomitable spirit of his club’s major goal scorer Luis Suarez. The Liverpool captain has advised his team to enjoy Suarez as much as possible while he still has his contract with them as soon big clubs would be looking to sign him in-given his amazing form at present.

Suarez scored 2 goals in Liverpool’s recent 5-0 triumph over Tottenham in the White Hart match & Gerrard feels that it’s significant for them to qualify for Champions League so that they can retain the leading goal scorer of Premier League.

The Liverpool captain was all in praise for Suarez. “He is just relentless, he never gives up irrespective of scoreline and you will always find him chasing the defenders”, stated an impressed Gerrard while speaking on Suarez. “He wished for a hat-trick for today- in the ninetieth minute of the match we saw him in an attempt for a 3rd goal & this is what sums Luis up, he won’t ever give up.”

“We are very lucky to have Luis in our club and we should enjoy him as long as he is with us. If he manages to continue with such a fantastic form, I loathe admitting this, but the biggies would be sniffing to get him in which we obviously don’t want”, Gerrard continued.

“Luis is our key to Champions League. If he manages to maintain the current magnificent form & keeps on delivering brilliant performances & goals akin to this, there is absolutely no doubt that Liverpool would be coming at top 4. This is what Suarez wants & that is what Luis deserves as well. The guy deserves a place in Champions League tournament. A goal scorer of this stature must be in Champions League”, added in the impressed captain of Liverpool.

NEW HEARTBEAT

For the longest of times Steven Gerrard has been the heartbeat of Liverpool, alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge they are the main driving force behind the English club. Following their latest Premier League match in which they lost 2-0 against Arsenal, Brendan Rodgers told the media about the injury Gerrard picked up.

He took a knock towards the end, with his hip. I’m not sure the complete diagnosis on it.

Stevie’s been brilliant for me, it was a tough game for him, but we’ll assess his injury and see where he’s at. Rodgers said.

Liverpool’s season is characterized by the number of injuries that their main attacking players have been suffering. They had to start the season without Luis Suarez and later the Brazilian Philippe Coutinho.

Even though Liverpool will be without Gerrard in their upcoming Premier League match against Fulham, they are favorites on claiming a victory taking into consideration the table positions and current form of each team.

Fulham are sitting in the last 4 spots of the Premier League standings while Liverpool is fighting for the top positions.

Even at his 33 years of age Steven Gerrard continues being a key player for the team he grew up in and made his debut back in 1998.

Roy Hodgson has to prepare England for the November friendlies which include facing off against Chile and Germany and he would want Gerrard to be back in form and available for his national side.

Although the absence of Gerrard can allow Hodgson to play some of England’s fringe players such as: Jack Wilshere, Tom Cleverley and Ross Barkley.

LIVERPOOL MISS OUT

Liverpool have already failed in their attempts to bring a number of players in this transfer window. The club was once the attractive destination of several players due to the history. However, they have not been in the Champions league for the last few years. It is threatening to destroy their ability to bring top names to the club according to captain Steven Gerrard. He has said that the main priority of the club in the coming campaign is to finish in the top four once again. The club was last seen in the Champions league in 2009.

There are also in danger of losing their existing players as well. Striker Luis Suarez has been one of the important players for the club, but he is ready to leave Anfield in search of regular Champions league football. He has said that playing in this competition is his dream, and he wants to realize it by joining a club that regularly plays in this competition. As a result, he wants to join Arsenal, who have qualified for this competition 17 times in succession. However, they have failed to win a major trophy in the last eight years. They have also not won the Champions league in their history.

“We need to break back into the top four to get back the pull we had four or five years ago when we were comfortably in the Champions League year in, year out and challenging to win it. Players who come and get the club back into the Champions League will experience some of the biggest nights of their career, because playing European football in front of this crowd is different to any other. It is not the same club I joined because we are not in the Champions League,” admitted captain Steven Gerrard.

GERRARD BACKS MOYES

Manchester United will be going into the new Premier league season with the new manager at the helm for the first time in history. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said that he hopes that the impressive record United have had of not wobbling over the course of the season changes under new manager David Moyes. United have rarely shown signs of weaknesses over the course of a Premier league season. It has been partly responsible for them lifting 13 Premier league titles since its inception main 1992.

However, Gerrard is of the opinion that they will have matches in which they will struggle unlike in the past due to the absence of Sir Alex Ferguson, who is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the world. Despite this, Gerrard is confident that United will be up there challenging for the title once again because he thinks David Moyes is also a good manager. Many will be unsure of what to expect from United under the new management. However, Gerrard thinks that people can expect the same job that he did at Everton.

Moyes was the manager of Everton for more than a decade during which time he managed to keep them in contention for a European place despite being on a low budget.

“They have replaced a world-class manager with another, who has done a fantastic job at Everton. So I think David will continue to do a good job there. It’s new for Manchester United. From a biased point of view, let’s hope they have a wobble! I think they have too many good players to fall out of the title race. They have world-class players and I expect them to fight for the league again. There’s no getting away from it,” said Gerrard, who expects Tottenham and Arsenal to also challenge for the title.

TERRY BACKS RODGERS

Chelsea defender John Terry has heaped praise on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who was an assistant manager at Chelsea for a few years before deciding to go down the managerial route himself. Rodgers was one of the assistant managers at the club during the regime of José Mourinho. He has later managed clubs like Reading and Swansea. Following an impressive debut season in the Premier league with Swansea, Rodgers was given the opportunity to manage the five-time European champions Liverpool.

Rodgers has had a difficult time at Anfield since he has had to rebuild the team. They were initially expected to challenge for a top four spot, but they are looking likely to miss out on the Champions league football once again. However, the team has certainly made progress since the days of Kenny Dalglish, when they finished the season in the eighth position – their lowest in recent decades. Now, the team are just a few places below the top contenders like Arsenal and Chelsea. Even though they remain six points behind Merseyside rivals Everton going into the weekend’s match, Terry has said that he expects Liverpool to be strong from next season.

The club have made several high-profile signings like Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen since the arrival of Rodgers.

“I know Brendan very well. He is a great manager and was brilliant for me and the other players. I can only speak highly of him. There were many ways he helped me. When Jose was there he was always around. A couple of times I was left out of the side or injured and he’d pull me to one side. At the time it was something nobody had ever done and it just goes to show his man-management and how well he’s doing and how well he’ll do in the future,” said Terry.

GERRARD HAILS COLE

The skipper of the England football team, Steven Gerrard, has hailed Ashley Cole for his wonderful international career and has said that Cole is one of the best defenders that England has ever produced.

The upcoming friendly match against Brazil is going to be Cole’s 100th match for England.

When asked about Cole’s international career, Gerrard said, “He has been a great servant of English football over the years. He is certainly one of the best defenders that I have played alongside with. He has had a great international career. To play 100 matches for your country is really great. It will be a special occasion for Ashley.”

“He has put up a lot of match winning performances for England. I don’t think England has ever produced a better left back than him. I am extremely lucky to have got the chance to play alongside such a great player.”

In 2008, Cole was booed by the England supporters in a match against Kazakhstan. That was because Cole’s back pass had given Kazakhstan the opportunity to score a goal. However, England had won that match by a huge margin of 5-1.

When asked about that incident, Gerrard said, “It was a long time ago. After that, Cole has won quite a few matches for England and has earned a lot of respect. He deserves a lot of appreciation for what he has done for the England team in the last few years. The fans also know that.”

The manager of the England U21 team, Stuart Pearce, has also hailed Cole. Pearce said, “Cole is a great defender. He has been an unsung hero of many England victories over the years. He is one of the most dedicated players that you will ever see.”