Liverpool 2 Newcastle 1: Title isn’t too far away, says Steven Gerrard

Liverpool 2 Newcastle 1: Steven Gerrard believes the Reds are close to ending their 24-year wait to win title

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Steven Gerrard challenged Liverpool to win the Premier League title next season after the Reds missed out this season despite a victory over nine-man Newcastle United.

Liverpool fell behind through a Martin Skrtel own goal as Manchester City took the lead and edged closer to the title thanks to goals from Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany.

The Reds overturned the deficit courtesy of strikes from Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge to close City’s lead to two points but the Citizens held on to deny Liverpool the top-flight crown.

I believe the title is not too far away if we continue to produce performances like we have done this season

Steven Gerrard

And 33-year-old Liverpool captain Gerrard looked to take positives from the title race after the Reds surrendered control of the title race due to poor results against Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

“If someone had said to me that we would go into the last game with a slim chance of winning the league I’d have taken that at the start of the season. But as a footballer you always want more,” Gerrard told BBC Sport.

“We have been unlucky – we gave it a great shot, but we fell a little bit short. But what do we do? We dust ourselves down and go again.

“It took me until I’m 33 to really experience a proper, genuine title race. This squad is very young, and the experience those lads are going to gain from this rollercoaster is going to be very important. I believe the title is not too far away if we continue to produce performances like we have done this season.

“Before this season the manager gave us the top four as a target – I don’t think that’ll be his target next season, and it certainly won’t be the players’. We’ve proved this season that we’re capable of mixing it with the best and we want another title race, and we want to go one better next year.

“If we add to this team and the squad in the right areas we are capable of challenging. Things have changed here – the supporters know that and the players know that.

“We are genuine title contenders before a ball is kicked next year, and we need to go and prove that we’re the top side in the league over 38 games, and not second.”

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