Steven Gerrard optimistic Liverpool can challenge for top four next season
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he is optimistic Brendan Rodgers' side can challenge for a top-four finish next season
Steven Gerrard says Liverpool can take “big positives” from the season and is confident the Reds have a chance of breaking into the top four next term.
Brendan Rodgers has endured a mixed first campaign at the Reds after making a slow start to his reign due to a lack of depth in the squad before the January transfer window.
The Reds boss bought Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge and the pair had an instant impact, while Luis Suárez was prolific for the Merseyside outfit before his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanović.
Liverpool have lost once in their last 11 Premier League games, scoring 25 goals and conceding nine, and Gerrard feels the 18-time English champions can be optimistic ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.
“I think it has been a mixed bag; at times we have played some superb football, we’ve put in some fantastic performances both home and away,” he told Liverpool’s website.
“But I think we’ve struggled a little bit with consistency – at the beginning of the season the main target was top four and we haven’t delivered that.
“So us players need to take responsibility for that, dust ourselves down and try to make amends next year. There are certainly big positives to take.
“The football in general that we’ve shown since January, I think we’ve shown Champions League form so I’m very optimistic for next season.
“It’s down to us players to continue what we’ve done in the last couple of months, take that into next season and try to improve. Other teams are going to make signings, strengthen and improve – we need to make sure that we do as well.”
Gerrard also reassured Reds supporters he will be fit for the start of next season after undergoing an operation on a troublesome shoulder injury.
“I’m very well – the operation was a success according to the surgeon,” said Gerrard.
“The operation was straightforward; it was something I’ve been struggling with since January. It did need fixing. I just need to get my rehab in place over the summer and I’ll be fine for next year.”