Steven Gerrard: Top-four finish now essential for Liverpool
Steven Gerrard admits anything less than a top-four finish this season would be a disappointment for Liverpool
Steven Gerrard admits that Liverpool’s position at the top of the Premier League table means that anything less than a top-four finish this season would be a disappointment for the Reds.
Brendan Rodgers’ men lead the way at the summit of the English top flight on goal difference after notching up four successive wins and scoring 17 goals in a run that includes a 5-0 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur.
I think we’re title contenders if we’re in the title race with 10 games to go
And Reds captain Gerrard feels that Champions League qualification is now a must for the Merseysiders as they look to break back into Europe’s elite club competition.
“I think if we were to finish outside the top four I think it would be a disappointing season,” Gerrard told Sky Sports ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City on Boxing Day.
“With the talent we’ve got in the squad and the way we’ve started, we’ve set ourselves up with a magnificent chance of finishing in the top four so if we were to let that slip and finish outside everyone would be disappointed.
“The key to us is to finish inside the top four, it helps the club financially to bring players in and to end that long spell without it.”
Liverpool’s impressive form has inevitably led to talk of a Premier League title challenge but the 33-year-old still thinks it is too early to be weighing up the Reds’ chances of winning the top-flight trophy.
“I think we’re title contenders if we’re in the title race with 10 games to go – I don’t get carried away or change targets or raise expectations around the city just because we’ve started the season very strong,” he continued.
“To be in the title race you’ve got to be there with 10 games to go with a realistic challenge of winning it. I do have confidence and belief in my team-mates that we’re capable of surprising a few people this season.”