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Sunday 11 May 2014

Gerrard: First title with Liverpool is not too far away

Liverpool captain takes strength from challenging until final day and hopes for more next season

Steven Gerrard was proud to have come close to winning the title with Liverpool

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard took comfort in the club’s strongest title challenge for a long time this season after the Merseyside club fell short of being champions for the first time in 24 years.

Liverpool needed to beat Newcastle United at home and hope for West Ham United to stun Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool went behind to a Martin Skrtel own goal but two second-half goals, one from Daniel Agger and the other from Daniel Sturridge, turned the match round but it was not enough as City cruised to a 2-0 win over West Ham and the title.

"But what do we do? We dust ourselves down and go again"
Steven Gerrard

“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,” Gerrard. “But as a footballer you always want more.

"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. 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."

For more on Sunday's Barclays Premier League action go to the Carlsberg Live Match Centre at live.premierleague.com. The Carlsberg Live Match Centre brings you match facts and stats, manager press conference videos, action images, as well as the latest Fantasy Premier League points for your team.

Cardiff City 1-2 Chelsea  |  #CARCHE  |  More on Live Match Centre >>
Fulham 2-2 Crystal Palace   |  #FULCRY  |  More on Live Match Centre >>
Hull City 0-2 Everton   |  #HULEVE  |  More on Live Match Centre >>
Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United   |   #LIVNEW  |  More on Live Match Centre >>
Manchester City 2-0 West Ham   |  #MCIWHU   |   More on Live Match Centre >>
Norwich City 0-2 Arsenal   |  #NORARS   |   More on Live Match Centre >>
Southampton 1-1 Manchester United  |  #SOUMUN  |  More on Live Match Centre >>
Sunderland 1-3 Swansea City  |  #SOUSWA  |  More on Live Match Centre >>
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Aston Villa   |   #TOTAVL  |  More on Live Match Centre >>
West Brom 1-2 Stoke City  |  #WBASTK  |  More on Live Match Centre >>

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