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.
Steven Gerrard has said that the current England side is better than the England side that had suffered a humiliating defeat against the German national team during the previous World Cup.
The game that Gerrard was talking about had taken place at Bloemfontein 3 years back. The composition of the England side has changed a lot since that time. A lot of youngsters have come in and Gerrard who captains the Three Lions reckons that the team is much stronger now.
England is going to take on Germany again tomorrow. That’s a friendly game and will take place at the Wembley Stadium where England’s record is fantastic. They haven’t lost a game at this venue in the last 38 years.
Talking to the reporters in the pre match press conference, Gerrard said, “I think we are stronger than the unit that had played against them last time around.”
“We have got some fine young players and to guide them, we have got some experienced guys as well.”
When asked if the England players will have that 2010 game in their mind when they turn up on the ground tomorrow, Gerrard said, “Not really. That game is history and it will not affect the outcome of the game tomorrow. So, there is no point keeping that game in mind.”
In their previous game against Chile, the Three Lions had suffered an unexpected defeat. They had been beaten by a profound margin of 1-4. However, for the game against Germany, the England boss Roy Hodgson has made a lot of changes to the side. A total of 9 changes have been made and the England fans can expect a better performance from their team on Tuesday.
The starting time of the game between England and Germany is 8 p.m. GMT.