We’re all to blame for Liverpool’s poor league form, says Gerrard

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is hoping that reaching another cup final can turn the season into a success for the Reds

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Steven Gerrard insists the whole Liverpool squad is to blame for the Reds’ failings in the league this season – not just the Anfield new boys.

The shrewdness of Kenny Dalglish’s acquisitions since succeeding Roy Hodgson has been called into question this term, with £35m signing Andy Carroll only netting his second league goal of the season at Blackburn on Tuesday.

But the Liverpool captain, whose side are eighth and behind local rivals Everton after a poor run of form in the league, was keen to spread the blame for the miserable sequence of results throughout the squad rather then let it rest on the shoulders of the new arrivals.

And Gerrard insists that knocking out Everton and reaching the FA Cup final this weekend can help the Merseysiders end their season on a high.

“Everyone’s frustrated with the league position, we won’t hide that fact,” said Gerrard. “But I think if this team, this squad, delivers two major cup finals in one season, it can turn the season into a success.

“The simple facts are our league campaign hasn’t been good enough. We’re all frustrated and the players have under-delivered in the league. All of us. Not just the new signings, not just certain individuals. All of us have under-delivered in the league. We’ve done fantastic in the cups.

“We had three targets at the beginning of the season. One was top four and then we wanted to have two cup runs and I think we’ve done fantastically well.

“There’s one more big hurdle to get over and to deliver two cup finals would be an unbelievable achievement.”

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