NOT GIVING UP
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said that he will not give up on the Premier league title aspirations, but he has admitted that qualifying for the Champions league next season is a much bigger priority for the club. Gerrard has been with Liverpool throughout his entire career after coming through the academy at the club. He had numerous chances to leave Liverpool, but he choose to remain loyal and faithful. Regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world, Gerrard has won almost every title with Liverpool except the Premier league.
He would have had the chance to win this competition as well had he joined Chelsea back in 2005. The closest Liverpool have come during the Gerrard era is the second place finish they achieved under Rafa Benitez several years ago. Liverpool have been absent from the Champions league for four years now, but there has been renewed confidence around the club that they will be back in this Premier competition next season. They are second in the table only behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference after making a great start to the season.
Gerrard has also stated that it is imperative that Liverpool finish above Everton, who are their local rivals. After years of under achievement, Everton finished above Liverpool last season.
“I’d never say never about our chances of winning the Premier League title. But if I’m being honest, that’s not the aim. The aim is for a top-four place – and to finish above Everton. I’m the captain of my boyhood team. I have a special relationship with staff and supporters. There’s a bond there. I’ve never made decisions financially. I make them with my heart, and that’s why I haven’t moved on. My only regrets are the times I’ve had lows at Liverpool,” said Gerrard.