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Gerrard the England skipper

March 3rd, 2010 No comments

phpZcC9aMLiverpool’s skipper gave a press conference as the Three Lions prepare for Wednesday’s friendly international against Egypt at Wembley.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

You’ve been given the captaincy after everything that’s happened to John Terry and with Rio Ferdinand being injured. Do you feel an extra sense of responsibility taking the captaincy in these circumstances?

Of course. I think being England captain is always a big responsibility but I’m really delighted I’m going to be leading the boys out on Wednesday. I’m looking forward to the game.

Fabio Capello says he’s trying to maintain the unity that he’s built up during the qualifying campaign. Is that something you’ve got a sense of?

Yes, of course - but nothing’s changed. The team spirit and the togetherness have been fantastic over the last couple of days. The manager did reiterate our responsibilities both on and off the pitch yesterday - but he’s done that since day one.

And this is a unified squad as far as you’re concerned?

Yes. Training went very well this morning and the lads are in great spirits. We’re looking forward to the game on Wednesday and hopefully we can perform well. Everyone’s getting excited because the World Cup is getting close now.
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Gerrard : Arsenal will be a bit of a wounded animal

February 10th, 2010 No comments

Football - FA Premier League - Liverpool FC v Everton FCLiverpool travel to the Emirates tonight on the back of seven unbeaten Premier League games, while the Gunners’ title bid is in tatters after one point from nine.

It has left skipper Gerrard convinced third place is up for grabs if his Anfield side keep up the form which has meant not conceding a league goal in four games.

Steven Gerrard reckons Arsenal’s ‘wounded animals’ are about to get another savaging - now his re-born Reds have rediscovered their taste for a scrap.

He said: “Arsenal will be a bit of a wounded animal. We’ve got to do what Chelsea and Manchester United did, give them little space and hit them on the counter.

“It’s a massive game for us and the target is to get a result where we can push on and try and get third place.

“Our target is a top-four finish but if Arsenal give us any sniff of catching them then we want to grab it.

“Having the Champions League experience and finishing in the top four for the past few years will hold us in good stead. We’re treating every game like a cup final.” Read more…

10 men Liverpool won the Mayerside derby

February 7th, 2010 No comments

Football - FA Premier League - Liverpool FC v Everton FCDirk Kuyt’s 50th goal for the Reds ensured Rafael Benitez’s men moved into the top four for the first time since October - and the skipper believes the Reds are now in the mood to continue their excellent recent run when they travel to Arsenal and Manchester City over the next two games.

“It was a tough derby with passion, committment and plenty of fight from both sides,” said Gerrard. “We have beaten a good Everton side today with ten men and the boys should take a lot of credit.

“They have been on a fantastic run but we have beaten them with ten men and played some good football, so we’re really pleased.

“Our attitude was great and we stuck together. We always knew we’d be up against it today but we knew we could get chances from set-pieces, especially when you have players like Dirk Kuyt on the field.”

Both sides ended the game with ten men after Sotirios Kyrgiakos saw red in the first half and Steven Pienaar was dismissed in stoppage time, but Gerrard insists referee Martin Atkinson gave the game every chance to flow.

“I thought the referee was superb today,” he added. “Fans come to games wanting to see passion and fight from players. There were some mis-timed tackles out there, but we won’t be complaining about the referee. Read more…

Gerrard should return at Wolves tonight

January 26th, 2010 No comments

phpsny44MGerrard should return at Wolves tonight. And Benitez declared: “I don’t have any doubt about Gerrard’s commitment - nobody has. He can play better or worse, but he will always try.

Benitez is expecting Steven Gerrard to blast back to top form.

And he says last week’s win over Spurs - achieved without Gerrard or Fernando Torres - has proved Liverpool are not a two-man team.Liverpool’s star man has had to carry his side too often this season while only half-fit himself.

But Kop chief Benitez believes Stevie G is on the verge of shaking off troublesome groin and hamstring injuries.

“And we don’t have any problem in terms of his level.

“He knows he has to improve and wants to do it and some full weeks’ training will make things better.

“If you are injured and have to start again, and injured and have to start again, then it’s difficult for any player, be it Gerrard, Torres, Benayoun or whoever.

“Consistency of form is something you can only find when you train every week, and have positive training sessions in a row.

“When you cannot manage a player, you have to take a risk. Sometimes the player is available and is not fully fit, but he has to play as he is very important to the team. Read more…

Garry Lineker column — don’t be surprised if Gerrard quit of Anfield

January 17th, 2010 No comments

phpiJEtBMYou only had to look at Liverpool’s starting line-up at Stoke City yesterday to see the size of the problem facing one of our biggest and most famous clubs. What is there without Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard? Not a lot, apart from a very good goalkeeper in Pepe Reina.

Over the years, teams have been intimidated by Liverpool before the game has even kicked off. By contrast, Stoke would have fancied their chances strongly when the team sheet was pinned up with the names of Philipp Degen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Fabio Aurelio.

Even when Liverpool were 1-0 up, you were never remotely confident they could close out the game - they just don’t have that sort of resilience any more.

A late equaliser conceded, from a set-piece almost inevitably, summed it up. Gerrard was watching on from the stands and I wonder what he was thinking.

At one time, the idea of him wanting to leave Anfield would have been unthinkable.

Even when he was seriously tempted by Chelsea at the height of his powers, he couldn’t take that final step to leave his home-town club. But what if a big club come in at the end of the season and offer Champions League football? I am not sure any more. I think even at this stage he will probably be considering his position. The best players don’t leave clubs like Liverpool for the money. It is about winning, about playing with the best players and challenging for trophies. Read more…

Gerrard ready to quit Anfield

January 17th, 2010 No comments

phpebGBlhLiverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is ready to quit the club he joined as a nineyear- old two decades ago.

The England midfielder, who suffered a hamstring injury in the humiliating FA Cup defeat by Reading in midweek, looked a lonely and dejected figure as he sat in the stands at Stoke City yesterday and watched his team held to a 1-1 Premier League draw.

The result did little to help under-pressure manager Rafael Benitez as he battles to convince critics his team can salvage their season by gaining what is looking an unlikely Champions League place next season.

And it will not have helped Gerrard’s mood as he wrestles with the dilemma of whether to stay with his home-town club and accept the frustration of yet another campaign without a major honour, or cash in on the final years of his career with a 40million move this summer.

He will have no lack of suitors, with Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan and Premier League big spenders Manchester City believed to be interested in a deal.

Gerrard’s discontent at Anfield has been obvious in a season when Benitez has again failed to mount a meaningful campaign for the championship and has struggled even to convince fans that a Champions League place is within Liverpool’s reach.

That failure has left the manager open to speculation about his own future, and Gerrard ready to leave the club where he is held in such reverence by the Kop. Read more…

Inter : We will get Gerrard in 6 month

January 12th, 2010 No comments

phpBOo0ijInter Milan reportedly continue to work hard to get a midfielder and Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard. In fact, they are targeting to get Gerrard in six months, when the competition ended.

Liverpool was being ridden financial problems. This will be used to obtain Inter their greatest asset, Steven Gerrard. Moreover, Gerrard was also never intended to move, but the protests Liverpudlian.

“There are teams who are working hard on the stock transfer in June to make a surprise later. Try the way to get Steven Gerrard Liverpool if the economy continues to deteriorate,” said a football agent, Claudio Pasqualin told Radio Sport Anchio Lo.

“There are some important names which we will pursue in the future,” he added,

Inter Milan coach, Jose Mourinho, recently was declared need midfielders who can be a balance team. “I never asked to buy a striker,” he said.


Sorry Rafa….

December 24th, 2009 No comments

BPI_48DE3E691FF36558229452STEVEN GERRARD has held up his hands and admitted to Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez that his form has been a big let-down.

Benitez revealed Gerrard has taken a lot of responsibility for the Kop’s dire showing, with the club eighth in the table.

The Reds have lost seven of their 18 league matches - compared with just two defeats last season - and are 14 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

Benitez said: “We have a lot of corridors at Anfield and we bump into one another a lot - and every time Steven says he wants to give more.

“We don’t need to organise a proper meeting. Every time I speak to him I am sure 100 per cent he wants to give more.

“He is the captain and he is very important for the team and the club. Read more…

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