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Monday 20 November 2017

Steven Gerrard: Of course we are a title contender

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates scoring their second goal
Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates scoring their second goal

Jordan Henderson admitted Liverpool played "unbelieveable" after they thrashed Tottenham 5-0 at White Hart Lane.

Luis Suarez scored a double while Henderson was also on a scoresheet that included Jon Flangan and Raheem Sterling.

A chastening day for Spurs and their boss Andre-Villas Boas was made worse by the dismissal of Paulinho for a high boot on Suarez.

"It was fantastic," Henderson told Sky Sports 1.

"We knew we had to come here and put in a good performance and get a good result. Thankfully we did that and we played unbelievable."

Liverpool's performance was made even more impressive at it was achieved without skipper Steven Gerrard and striker Daniel Sturridge due to injury.

Gerrard watched on in the Sky Sports studio and afterwards declared his side now had the confidence to challenge for the Barclays Premier League title.

"Of course we are a title contender," he said.

"There's still a long way to go - a lot of big games and hurdles to come over before we become real title contenders.

"We will take a lot of belief from this."

Gerrard labelled the performance the best under boss Brendan Rodgers, adding: "I'd say it was Brednan Rodgers' best game for Liverpool.

"I think it was Jordan Henderson's too. There's no rush (for me to return from injury)."

Suarez's white-hot form has vindicated the club's decision to keep him in the summer, and Gerrard said he was certain the Uruguayan will help the Reds make a return to the Champions League stage the striker himself craves.

"Luis is key to that," he said.

"If he keeps playing like that there's no doubt we'll finish in the top four. That's what Luis wants."

Suarez praised his team-mates, adding: "We played very well.

"I try my best on the pitch and I am striker so I try to score. But most important was the performance of the team and we played very well in the first half.

"I'm so happy for us."

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