Liverpool’s season has seen them making a serious charge for the Premier League title and after claiming victories against clubs such as: Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal they have turned out to be true candidates on winning the league.
The astonishing form of Liverpool can largely be credited to the attacking department of Brendan Rodgers with the likes of: Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard being the main source of goals for the Premier League club.
The team of Brendan Rodgers is the team that has scored more goals than any other in the current season with a total of 73 goals so far, it’s a feat that Liverpool can certainly be proud of accomplishing.
Steven Gerrard has recently talked about the potential that his partner in crime, Daniel Sturridge still has left to develop but that if he continues working hard he can turn himself into a hero for England.
“Daniel’s got the world at his feet and he can be whatever he wants to be if he keeps working hard. His form has been scintillating this season and to see him close up in training I see what qualities he’s got. Everyone will be looking for Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, the usual suspects, to stand up and be the star of the tournament, but Daniel is certainly capable to go and star at this World Cup.”
England was pitted in a group along with Uruguay which ironically will be seeing Luis Suarez facing off against Steven Gerrard during the World Cup and the veteran midfielder has revealed that Suarez represents a real threat for England and he would rather play in the same team as the Uruguayan forward.
“I’d rather play on the same team as him; of course I would. He’s a world-class player who can give problems to any opposition he comes up against. I know him well, I know his strengths and I know the very few weaknesses that he has’’. Suarez added.
Steven Gerrard has claimed that Liverpool could be the dark horses for this year’s Premier league title. The Liverpool captain played an influential role in the club’s 3-2 win over Fulham on Wednesday night. This coupled with title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea dropping points meant that Liverpool are just four points from the top of the table. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has spoken of the Reds being a potential title rivals since they do not have any other competition to worry about.
Unlike Liverpool, the Champions league is still a potential trophy for the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester city. Liverpool can now when only the Premier league and the FA Cup after they failed to qualify for the Champions league. Unlike in previous seasons, Liverpool have been in the mix throughout this season. Gerrard, speaking after the win over Fulham, said that this result shows that they can be dark horses for the title, but he does not want the fans to get carried away. Instead, he wants Liverpool to focus on each game as it comes.
The club has been in fine scoring form this season and it has been largely down to the exploits of Luiz Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. The latter scored in his eighth consecutive game since returning from injury.
“Against Arsenal, we showed how much class we’ve got. We showed we’ve got talent all over the pitch; at home, with the atmosphere behind us, you don’t have to motivate yourself – you just go out and perform, and more often than not you play well. But coming away on a Wednesday night, windy, on a difficult pitch, away to Fulham is a big test for the team. We’re in the mix. It’s still early days,” said Capt Gerrard to the club’s official site.
Steven Gerrard is aware of the threats that England has to face in order to advance into the next stages of the 2014 World Cup as they were pitted in a group along with Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay in what many people are already calling it as ‘’Group of Death’’.
The idol and captain of Liverpool considers Luis Suarez to be one of the best players in recent times to be in the team of Liverpool and suggested England that they will need to start planning on how to stop the Uruguayan forward.
“When the World Cup draw was announced the first thing that came to mind was Suarez,” he said,”and what we’re going to do to keep him quiet. I think if Luis is on form and on his game he’s close to being unstoppable’’.
“When you’re coming up against him you need to have a game plan for individual players to try and stop him, and you’ve also got to have a game plan for the manager and team’’.
“The staff has got to already be under way with preparations on how to stop him because he is that good. I’m sure we’ll have a plan and once the season stops I’ll be helping with that plan.” Gerrard told Sky Sports News.
The veteran midfielder continued on the interview by stating that the fans, coaches and even the players of England have to go into the World Cup having realistic ambitions as they are fully aware of what they are capable of doing and just how far they can go.
The last time England managed to win a World Cup was back in 1966 when Sir. Alf Ramsey was coaching the squad and considering the tough opposition that will be battling it out trying to win the silverware, it will be a huge mountain for them to climb if they want to get their hands on the trophy once more.