Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard cools Premier League title talk
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is adamant it's too early for the Reds to start thinking about a potential title challenge
Steven Gerrard believes it is “too early” for Liverpool to turn their thoughts to winning the Premier League title this season.
The Reds are currently second and two points behind leaders Arsenal after an emphatic 4-0 rout against relegation-threatened Fulham in their last top-flight outing.
Despite retaining their place in the top four in the opening 11 games of the campaign, Liverpool captain Gerrard feels the club’s number one goal should still be securing Champions League football.
“I think it’s important for me as captain of the team not to raise expectations,” Gerrard told ESPN.
“When you’re talking about winning titles, it’s premature, it’s too early. And I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up. That would be unfair.
“Our dream and our plan at the beginning of the season was to break into the top four.”
Gerrard, who has captained Liverpool to Champions League and FA Cup, is yet to lift the Premier League trophy after coming within four points of the top-flight title in 2009.
Whilst the England skipper is understandably desperate to win the one trophy missing from his impressive medal haul, Gerrard won’t be bitter if he fails to secure the club’s holy grail before retiring.
“There’d be a hole missing in my career but I don’t think I’d spend the rest of my life being irritated or annoyed or frustrated,” he continued.
“I don’t think that would be fair on myself. [Ever since] I broke into this team at 18 years of age I’ve tried to win the title but it hasn’t happened. I’ve got a couple more chances and I’ll continue to fight for it.”
He added: “To have a league winner’s medal, of course. We came so close under Rafa Benitez (in 2008-09).
“We drew a couple of games I think we should have won. That’s a couple of regrets I have looking back, but I am one who looks forward.”