Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Gerrard sets his sights on top four for Liverpool

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted a top-four finish is now a more realistic aim than winning the title.

The Reds have fallen 13 points behind leaders Chelsea after a poor run of form throughout October and November.

And after missing out on this year’s Champions’ League knockout stages Gerrard accepts trying to qualify for Europe's elite competition Liverpool are just two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal after a morale-boosting derby win at Everton.

“I think we have to be realistic. At the moment we're out of the title race, but we will keep trying to get back in it. There is still a lot of football to be played and it is possible to turn it around, but I think Chelsea are looking really strong.

“But our main target is to get back into the top four. We're coming off the back of a fantastic win at Everton and we want to continue that against Blackburn and try and go on a run of games where we can get closer to the teams above us.”

Gerrard, 29, is due to make his 500th appearance for the Anfield club in Saturday's home encounter with Blackburn having made his debut against the same opposition as a substitute 11 years ago.

Gerrard added: “It means everything to me personally. I'm a local boy and my dream when I was young was always just to play one game for Liverpool. So to reach this milestone is a really proud moment for my family and myself.”

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