Gerrard plays down chances

Steven Gerrard continued to play down Liverpool's Premier League title chances despite returning to the top of the table with a 2-1 win over West Ham.

Last Updated: 07/04/14 at 07:17 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for our Sky Sports customers

The Anfield captain scored a pair of penalties in the controversial clash at Upton Park, with Guy Demel having poked home the leveller for the Hammers.

Liverpool's title destiny is now in their own hands as victories in their final five games will ensure they are champions, with Manchester City and Chelsea still to visit Anfield.

The win over West Ham was the Reds' ninth in a row in the top flight and their next challenge is Sunday's home showdown with Manuel Pellegrini's City, but Gerrard is keen to remain grounded.

"I am not convinced just yet," he told Sky Sports. "There are some very hard games to go and we've got a huge game next week.

"The message is to stay calm, we've got to give everything we can.

"Every time we go on the pitch we've got to leave every single ounce of energy and determination out there and that's what we're planning on doing."

And when asked if the game against City was a winner-takes-all contest, he added: "I don't think so.

"All it will give us is three more points and that's what we plan to do, but there will be four huge games after that."

Referee Anthony Taylor was in the spotlight at Upton Park, allowing West Ham's leveller to stand despite a flag from his assistant when Andy Carroll's flailing arm hit Simon Mignolet in the head.

But Gerrard was given the chance to restore Liverpool's lead from the spot after the break when Adrian was ruled to have brought down Jon Flanagan, even though the West Ham keeper got a touch on the ball.

And the Liverpool skipper was happy with the way his side responded to a key call going against them shortly after taking the lead.

He said: "Different sides keep asking us different questions. It was a tough game, a tough 90 minutes, but there is great resolve, character and togetherness from the squad.

"We did (feel a sense of injustice), but the manager said to us at half-time we can't change anything. They all even themselves out over the season.

"That one went against us, but we couldn't feel sorry for ourselves. We had to roll our sleeves up and give an extra 10 percent.

"You can see clearly it's a foul, the linesman flagged for it and the referee has overruled him.

"The character of the team and the determination - we want this really bad and I think we showed that."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for our Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

League One: Colchester United part company with manager Joe Dunne

League One side Colchester United have parted company with manager Joe Dunne.

Transfer news: Manchester City defender Micah Richards set for Fiorentina loan

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has arrived in Florence ahead of a proposed loan move to Fiorentina.

Transfer news: Karim El Ahmadi leaves Aston Villa to rejoin Feyenoord

Midfielder Karim El Ahmadi has left Aston Villa to rejoin former club Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee.

Mail Box

Wenger: The Most Stubborn Manager Going

Arsenal fans would quite like their club to sign a striker thank you very much, whilst someone is excited about Jim White et al. Plus, Klose to Arsenal please...

Finding It Harder To Defend United

We have some Sunday thoughts on Manchester United's latest league point, plus farewells offered to Daniel Agger (fond) and Fernando Torres (less so)...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property