Gerrard holds title ambition

The midfielder, who came close to joining Chelsea seven years

ago, has remained loyal to his hometown club though several periods

of transition.

An eighth-placed finish last season suggests the Reds are no

closer to challenging at the top, and Sven-Goran Eriksson said this

week Gerrard must leave if he wants a winners’ medal.

Liverpool have begun another rebuilding process under Brendan

Rodgers, but the captain told Sky Sports News: “I don’t think we’re

miles away.

“We have to be realistic and we finished eighth in the league

last year, but we got to two major cup finals which shows that we

are a good team and we can compete with anyone on our day.

“If we find a better level of consistency at the club, I think

we can find ourselves higher up the table than last year.

“Who knows what’s around the corner? For me, I just take each

game as it comes and hopefully before I hang my boots up I can

realise the dream of winning it, but I’m also realistic as

well.”