Saturday, May 23, 2009

Gerrard wants to end the season Unbeaten

Liverpool can complete a season unbeaten at home when they host Tottenham on Sunday - and captain Steven Gerrard believes it is the perfect opportunity to repay the fans.

The Reds have not gone a whole campaign without defeat at Anfield for 21 years but if they avoid losing to Spurs it will be the 10th time in their history they have achieved the feat.

Rafael Benitez's side narrowly missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester United and Gerrard wants to reward the supporters

"I think the supporters deserve it. They have given us terrific support once again over the course of the season," he said.

"We have not got much to play for really but every time you put the Liverpool jersey on in front of your home supporters, the least they deserve is effort.

"And if we go into it with that attitude, we can finish on a high with three points."

Liverpool need one point to guarantee finishing second behind United but, even if they lose, Chelsea will have to win and turn around a goal difference that is five fewer than Liverpool.

Having lost twice already to Spurs this season - in the league and Carling Cup - there will be an extra incentive for Liverpool to extend their unbeaten home league record to 30 matches, the fourth best in their history and the best for 28 years.

Gerrard believes the experience of this season's title race will mean Liverpool will mount an even stronger challenge next term.

"We are unfortunate not to have won the league but we can take a lot of positives from this season moving forward," he said.

"We've put in some terrific performances and played well as a team. We can use this experience and take big confidence into the next campaign.

"As far as trophies are concerned, we have finished empty handed, but we can be really proud of how we have performed. From maybe mid-December onwards we have shown championship-winning form.

"To win the Premier League you have to have had experience of being involved in a title race and let's hope the experience we've gained this year will help us go one better next season."

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