The Reds have already signed five new players in the summer transfer window following Dejan Lovren’s £20m switch to Anfield from Southampton on Sunday.
The reason being because we’ve got the taste, the know-how and the experience of being in a title race. If we can use the hurt of falling short last season in our favour then hopefully we can go one better
Liverpool finished two points behind champions Manchester City last season after leading the Premier League with two games remaining.
And 34-year-old Gerrard, who has never won the top-flight crown, is confident that Brendan Rodgers’s side can challenge this season.
“I think this is the first time in a long time that I can be confident of telling people that we are the real deal and are real title contenders before a ball has been kicked.
“I believe we are in a much better place now than we were this time last year. The reason being because we’ve got the taste, the know-how and the experience of being in a title race. If we can use the hurt of falling short last season in our favour then hopefully we can go one better.
Gerrard added: “When you play at this level the margins are so tight, so when you fall short of something having been within touching distance the emotions are still going to be raw and will take time to get over.
“The only way to do that is to go and achieve something this season. But the longer I’ve reflected upon it and analysed the season, you can look back and be proud of your teammates.
“I think the fans will agree with me that the performance levels last season were incredible. Some of our performances were top-drawer.
“If we can build on last season and find the consistency, there’s no doubt that trophies are around the corner.”
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