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Gerrard: I've been poor

2010-03-26 13:24

London - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he has been playing well below his best form this season.

Gerrard has struggled to hit the heights for much of the season and his under-whelming performances have been reflected in Liverpool's spluttering campaign.

The Reds failed to reach the Champions League knock-out stages and never threatened to make a run for the Premier League title.

Now Rafa Benitez's side face a major battle just to finish fourth and claim a place in next season's Champions League.

But Gerrard insists he still has plenty to play for as he tries to rediscover his peak form.

The England midfielder wants to win the Europa League with Liverpool - his side face Benfica in the last eight - and then go on to enjoy a success World Cup in South Africa later this year.

"I think it can be better, if you look at my form through the season as a whole I am not totally happy, I have not reached the level I would like to be at," he told Sky Sports News.

"It is not worrying me as I still have confidence that it can switch and turn at any given time to where I would want it to be at any given time, I have played well this season but I have come out of games when I have not been totally happy.

"I am my own worst critic. I know myself when it is good and when it needs to be stepped up and the challenge for me now in the remaining games is to step up and drive Liverpool into fourth, try to go to the Europa League final and go to the World Cup."

Gerrard, now England vice-captain, believes Fabio Capello's men will travel to South Africa as strong contenders for the World Cup, but he admits the team still need to improve to win the trophy for the first time since 1966.

"Time will tell, we are in a good situation - we are winning and confidence is high but we have learning to do and some improving to do if we are to go all the way," he said.

"You need that bit of luck to keep players fit and the squad healthy - so we are in a good situation at this time but there is still a long way to the World Cup, a lot can happen.

"I believe with this manager in charge the key time will be when we meet up, and up to the first game - when we basically will be living together, training maybe twice a day, and we can learn a lot from each other.

"Hopefully by the time the first game comes around every individual will be well drilled and know what we need to do to get out of the group as that is the first challenge."

AFP

Comments
  • WS - 2010-03-26 14:12

    What a Legend ... You still have my vote of confidence Steven G

  • WS - 2010-03-26 14:13

    What a Legend ... You still have my vote of confidence Steven G

  • El Nino - 2010-03-26 14:52

    Captain Courageous he'll always be in my eyes, all great players goes through slump in form, but admitting it tell alot about the character of the man. Remember form is only temporary. YOU'LL NEVER WAK ALONE STEVIE G

  • El Nino - 2010-03-26 14:55

    Captain Courageous he'll always be in my eyes, all great players goes through slump in form, but admitting it tell alot about the character of the man. Remember form is only temporary. YOU'LL NEVER WAK ALONE STEVIE G

  • i've Been Poor - 2010-03-26 15:16

    Same can be said about your fellow team mates. For how long are you going to carry the other misfits on your team captain. You are doing a 10 man job at LFC.

  • Sharon Thompson - 2010-03-26 15:26

    You are such an inspiration to your team and to your supporters, I have full confidence that you will make the 4th spot. Chin up

  • Ryan - 2010-03-26 15:34

    Obviously he has not been at his best - father time is catching up with him .He is past his prime and neither he nor Liverpool will win anything as long as he is around . He needs a change of scenery as does Liverpool . Liverpool needs an infusion of new blood and I bet they are up the creek without a paddle in this regard . Their academy can't be much good as the last player to come out of the academy and make it into the first team was Steven Warnock some time ago and he is now plying his trade elsewhere . Aside from Gerrard and Carragher not one other player either in the starting eleven or on the bench has come from the academy . I wonder why ? This is in stark contrast to almost every other team in the league . The wait for a title will go on . Glory glory Man United !!

  • Chad - 2010-03-26 15:57

    Even as a United supporter, Stevie G, you are an incredible player, you may not be near your best and even then you are head and shoulders above 80% of the league....It is only wished that United could have signed you on a while back...even tho', I have no doubt you will be back to your devastating best shortly, its 6 or 7 around you that need to step up to the plate and perhaps admit their short comings...not you!!

  • Wes - 2010-03-26 15:57

    @ Ryan Bro what the hell are you talking about??? He was last year's Footballer of the Year in England!! He was injured earlier in the season and when he returned he had to take pain killers just to get through games!! All players go through bad spells but he is good enough to gain his form back... He is without a doubt one of, if not the best player in England when he is in top form.

  • It wont help - 2010-03-26 16:46

    @ Gerrard - Taking the blame for an entire teams failings won't help. "We've been poor, myself included and we promise the fans we are going to work hard and be better" would have been a better statement.

  • meche - 2010-03-26 16:52

    you are too good

  • THE FAN - 2010-03-26 21:03

    You should be England CAPTAIN

  • THE FAN - 2010-03-26 21:04

    You should be England CAPTAIN

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