Steven Gerrard fully focused on Liverpool title charge

Sunday 20 Apr 2014
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Steven Gerrard says it is critical he and his teammates keep their emotions in check as the club try to bring the Premier League trophy back to Anfield for the first time.

The Merseysiders lead the chasing back by two points and are now firm favourites to earn their first league success in 24 years.

But the England captain said he knows it is now all about focus and commitment as they head into the final stretch of the season.

"They are there - the nerves, the excitement. They are there because we have earned the right to have those kinds of feelings," he said.

Steven Gerrard

Gerrard has scored 13 league goals so far this term

"The challenge for me, which just as important as being on the pitch now, is can I control myself and can I get on with my life for the next four weeks."

Gerrard also took time to praise the impact manager Brendan Rodgers has made since taking over in June 2012 – and said that he hopes his reign continues for many years.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Gerrard added: "He's a phenomenal man for his age (41).

“I think he's going to grow into one of the world's best managers and I hope he is here long after I am gone.

"I hope he is here for many, many years because this club is in great hands. Whatever happens now until the end of the season, it's safe.

 

Liverpool's league history

  • Have not won the Premier League since its inception in 1992-93
  • Last tasted league success in 1989-90
  • Have won the English league title 18 times
  • First title came in 1900-01 season
  • Twice been Premier League runners-up (2002 & 2009)

 

 

"He's a winner, he's hungry for success, he does the right things, he treats players well, he doesn't try and control the football club, or get involved in stuff that has nothing to do with him.”

A top-four finish was the stated aim this season for the Reds, who have finished no higher than sixth in the past four campaigns, but they have thrived under Rodgers – and Gerrard said that thanks to Rodgers, they are not only winning, but winning well.

"He just focuses on getting on the training pitch and coaching the team, improving individuals, improving the team and playing football the right way.

“That's what the supporters want here,” he added.

By Jamie Reid Senior Writer