Steven Gerrard urges Liverpool to ‘stay calm’ in Premier League title race
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard urges the Reds to "stay calm" in the Premier League title race after moving back to the top
Steven Gerrard is urging Liverpool to “stay calm” in the Premier League title race.
The Reds moved back to the top of the table after a 2-1 victory over West Ham United at Upton Park on Sunday.
Liverpool are currently two points ahead of second-placed Chelsea and a further four points clear of Manchester City, who have played two games less than their title rivals.
We’ve got to leave every single ounce of energy and determination out there
Brendan Rodgers’s men face the Citizens in a potential title decider at Anfield next Sunday, and Liverpool captain Gerrard doesn’t want the Reds to get carried away just yet.
“There are some very hard games to go – we’ve got a huge game next week,” Gerrard told the ECHO.
“The message is to stay calm. We’ll give everything we can now and every time we go on the pitch, we’ve got to leave every single ounce of energy and determination out there.
“We took the lead (against West Ham) and the idea from then was to build on that and not concede a goal. That was a huge setback for us, with the timing of it to go in level.
“But the character and determination of the team – we want this really badly – showed in the second half.
“The manager said to us at half-time, and the players were saying: ‘We can’t change anything – it happens’. They all even themselves out throughout the season.
“That one went against us, but we couldn’t feel sorry for ourselves. We had to roll our sleeves up and give an extra 10% – that’s what we did.”