Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard: I’d given up winning the title

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he had given up winning the Premier League title in his career

Steven Gerrard has admitted that he had given up on winning the Premier League title.

The 33-year-old came close to top-flight glory in 2002 and 2009 when the Reds were pipped to the crown by Arsenal and Manchester United respectively.

There are times when maybe I have given up on it — or been close to giving up on it

Steven Gerrard

Liverpool are two points clear of second-placed Chelsea, who suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

And Gerrard revealed he has unwavering faith in current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of their trip to Norwich City on Sunday.

“For us to have not won the league since 1990 is not good enough,” Gerrard told the Daily Mail.

“A club with this history should have got an awful lot closer during those 24 years. There are times when maybe I have given up on it — or been close to giving up on it.

“When you are finishing seventh or eighth and you see the gap to the top sides, it’s mentally tough. And then you come to the end of the season and you see the big hitters spending all kinds of money and making their squads even stronger.

“But when Brendan [Rodgers, the manager] came in I got a real feeling from him. I liked his vision for the club. I totally believe in this manager and his plans.

“You hang on to that glimmer of hope that you will have one small chance, one final go before you hang up your boots… and it’s here.”

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