Steven Gerrard had to feature in his 700th match for his club Liverpool the other day versus West Ham United, but, he, unfortunately, missed out as he was not match fit.
He was there at Anfield though, but, not in the player’s dug out. He was actually enjoying the game with his family and friends in one of the VIP boxes built in the spectators’ area.
According to the Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, Gerrard’s problem was not that big, but, he is too important a player to be risked considering how frequently the Reds have to play in the next couple of months. Read more “Steven Gerrard features in 700 Match of his Club”
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has rejected suggestions that much of the dressing room has lost faith in manager Brendan Rodgers after a poor start to the season.
It has been widely expected that Rodgers may face the sack after poor form that seems to not go away. Liverpool have managed only six wins in the Premier league this campaign, while they have already suffered more defeats than they did throughout last season – seven. After the recent 3-0 loss against Manchester United, speculation has been intense that the dressing room no longer has faith inRodgers.
This is seen as a situation from where things could only get worse. Gerrard accepts that Liverpool have not been good enough this season, but he sees that the season is yet to reach the halfway stage and that there is a lot of time for the club to recover. Liverpool were in amongst the table leaders at this stage last season. It helped them go with them a few matches of winning the title.Rodgers accepted at the start of the season that it was always going to be a transitional period, but few would have expected it to last for such a long time.
Liverpool face relegation threatened Burnley on Boxing Day. “Look, we’re still moving forward, I really believe that. I’m the first to admit it’s been tough this season, it’s been a bit of a roller-coaster. But no-one in the dressing room has lost confidence in the manager. We are all behind him, we all believe in him.We aren’t where we want to be in the table and nobody is happy about that, but we’re determined to put it right. It will take time. But I have that belief that we’ll get it right and we will get there,” said Gerrard.
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.