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Gerrard: 'We've turned the corner'

TO the many thousands of Liverpool fans who still recall the halcyon days when their side dominated football at home and in Europe, Tuesday night's insipid goal-less draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers was just another sad note in a deeply depressing season.

But for captain Steven Gerrard, the dour encounter with relegation-threatened Wolves somehow provided further evidence that Liverpool have "turned a corner" in their quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Gerrard's team struggled to make any chances of note on Tuesday, but he prefers to focus on the defensive solidity and resolve that Liverpool displayed away to Wolves, and in their previous two matches against Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur.

"We will keep fighting for that fourth spot," the midfield player said.

"We've got a couple of home games coming up and if we take maximum points, I'm sure we'll edge into that top four. The important thing is that we are playing better. We've turned the corner and we are a much more difficult team to beat now.

"We are really happy with how we defended as a team against Wolves. I think it is a point gained rather than two lost.

"We would probably have lost that game 1-0 a couple of months back so we are defending a lot better. Confidence was certainly low a few weeks ago but we've had a couple of encouraging results. Stoke away was a tough game and the lads performed fantastically well against Tottenham.


"We are certainly happy with the way we battled against Wolves. Confidence is slowly coming back and results will follow."

Gerrard's upbeat assessment comes despite Liverpool's failure to make the most of a fixture they had been expected to win, against opponents who had been beaten at home by Wigan Athletic ten days earlier.

"It was a tough game, Wolves made it difficult and the pitch didn't suit us," he said.

"But we battled well, we matched Wolves physically. Confidence has been affected, results haven't gone as I would have liked. But we know we've got the qualities to pull through this.

"We're all rolling our sleeves up, we're getting out there and no one's hiding, everyone wants to put it right. That's a big positive, and we know if we keep fighting and showing big desire, we'll move up the table fast."