Belfast Telegraph

League form must improve - Gerrard

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes the "bottle" they showed to reach the FA Cup final has to be transferred to their league form next season.

The Reds came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 in their semi-final meeting at Wembley to set up a clash with Chelsea on May 5 but regaining their Champions League status next season, after their bid failed this campaign, remains the priority.

"If we go on and win this cup we can look at this season as a success, but the league doesn't lie and our league position is not good enough," said Gerrard. "I believe we have the players in the squad to certainly improve next year."

He added: "On our day we can beat anyone - we've beaten Chelsea and Manchester United - but as a squad we need to be better and as players we need to take responsibility.

"Everyone knows what we need to address. We need more consistency. We need to be winning the games against the likes of Wigan and Stoke - we are better than those teams but we have not shown it.

"It is not about possession against those teams, it is about getting three points.

"We have shown against better teams we have created chance after chance and have not killed people off and that is why we are where we are.

"We need to be mentally stronger in the league."

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