Gerrard: Reds close to finding form
Published 14/10/2010 | 17:24
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has denied the team are in crisis and insists he is not too worried by their current predicament.
The 30-year-old accepts that the disappointing start to the season, with just one Barclays Premier League victory leaving them 18th in the table, is not a sign of a troubled season ahead.
"I don't think it's a 'crisis'. I'm not too worried," said the England midfielder ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
"Obviously the league table doesn't look too good at the moment, but we are close and I feel if we get a bit of luck going our way or we pull one big performance out the bag, things can improve and we can move up the table.
"I think everybody at the football club knows we need to improve things and improve results on the pitch."
Gerrard has been one of the few players to rise above the mediocrity so far and, as a result, was named the club's player of the month for September.
"I'm pleased with my own form, but I still think I can get better and certainly the team can improve," he added.
"It's more important for me that the team are playing well rather than myself personally, so hopefully next month someone else will receive this award and we will be talking about Liverpool being higher up in the table."
Gerrard acknowledged supporters, whose votes made him player of the month, have endured a difficult time of late with poor performances adding to the frustration over the long-running ownership issue which has resulted in court battles on either side of the Atlantic.
"It's always nice to be recognised by the fans. They're the most important people at the club," Gerrard said.
"Hopefully if things are sorted off the pitch, we can put smiles back on their faces with good performances on it."