Tuesday 20 August 2019

Gerrard: Liverpool are dark horses in race for title

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard says his are dark horses in the title race
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard says his are dark horses in the title race

Jamie Holland

Steven Gerrard insists Liverpool are "dark horses" for the Premier League after closing the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points.

Just last week, Reds' boss Brendan Rodgers appeared to rule out their chances of challenging for the title, but the tune has changed at Anfield after continuing their unbeaten start to 2014 on Wednesday, following up the incredible 5-1 defeat of Arsenal with a last-gasp victory at Fulham.

Jose Mourinho described the Blues as a "little horse" not yet ready to win the title, with Rodgers joking his side "may be the chihuahuas that run in between the horse's legs".

There is, though, a growing belief that the Reds could mount a serious late challenge, with their captain Gerrard returning to the equine theme when summing up their chances.

"Against Arsenal, we showed how much class we've got," he said. "We showed we've got talent all over the pitch; at home, with the atmosphere behind us, you don't have to motivate yourself – you just go out and perform.

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"But coming away on a Wednesday night, windy, on a difficult pitch, away to Fulham is a big test for the team. We've passed it, but we still have to learn from our mistakes and defend better on the road if we're to finish in the top four. It's still early days, there's a lot of football to be played. We're not going to get carried away. But we are in good form. We feel as if we're dark horses.

"We just carry on playing and trying to win as many games as we can. We have the advantage, in a funny way, of no European football, because we have just got the league and FA Cup to focus on."

Rodgers' welcomes former side Swansea to Anfield in Liverpool's next league match, although first they return to London for another clash with Arsenal on Sunday, this time in the FA Cup.

Arsene Wenger is expected to risk rotating his squad ahead of the Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich three days later.

JAMES LAWTON: 'Momentum now with Liverpool' see Page 66

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