My spark was missing! Liverpool’s Gerrard blames Euros for slow start
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hints England's Euro 2012 campaign may be to blame for his slow start to the season
Steven Gerrard believes England’s Euro 2012 campaign may have been to blame for his lacklustre start to the Premier League campaign with Liverpool.
The 32-year-old has been the club’s standout performer over the festive period, with the midfielder reeling in the years with a series of swashbuckling performances.
Gerrard scored a stunning long-range volley in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at defending champions Manchester City on Sunday, taking his tally to six goals in the Premier League this season.
But the Reds captain admits he struggled at the start of the campaign under new manager Brendan Rodgers after skippering England to a penalty shootout defeat by Italy in the European championship quarter-finals.
“I think I’ve been quite consistent in January. I felt there was a spark missing early on in the season – maybe that was because I was coming off a big tournament,” Gerrard told Liverpool’s website.
“But in the last two or three months, my form has picked up and it’s exactly where I want it to be. Hopefully I can maintain that until the end of the season.
“The difference at the moment is assists and goals added to good performances. At the beginning of the season sometimes I was playing well but maybe the goals and assists weren’t there.
“That’s why people are saying good things about my performances now.”