Friday, November 27, 2009

Gerrard admits Liverpool owe a win to their fans

Steven Gerrard set his sights on Mersey rivals Everton and said: We owe our fans a win.

Everton host Liverpool at the end of a week which has seen their season collapse. Kop skipper Gerrard says he can feel the pain of Liverpool fans following their exit from the Champions League and the end of their Premier League hopes.

“We owe it to the club, ourselves and most importantly to our fans, as their support has been magnificent at a time when things haven’t gone as well as we’d all like,” he said.

Liverpool have won only two of their last 11 games, against Manchester United, and Debrecen on Tuesday when Fiorentina’s win over Lyon knocked Rafa Benitez’s side out of the Champions League.

Liverpool face a battle just to finish in the top four and qualify for Champions League football next season.

Only the Europa League and FA Cup offer any hope of silverware, and defeat to Everton at Goodison would increase the gloom hanging over the club.

Gerrard added: “We’re all aware the season isn’t going the way we would want it to and we’re really disappointed to go out of the Champions League.

“We’re far from happy with our form in the Premier League as well but the only way to turn things around is by sticking together.

“We’ve shown in the past what we can achieve when we do that and if there’s one positive about the difficult time we’ve been having, it’s that we’ve all pulled together.

“The manager, the staff and the players are all working as hard as we can to try and get the improvement we’ve been looking for.

“It won’t be easy, as we’ve given ourselves plenty to do, but we still have the confidence and belief that we can finish in the top four.

“Getting some of our injured players back playing regularly will make a big difference and give everyone a boost. The key is to keep working together.”

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