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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2008, 08:52 GMT
Gerrard reveals title frustration
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
We can't keep talking about next season all the time

Steven Gerrard
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has aired his frustration over the side's continued failure to challenge for the Premier League title.

The Reds are 17 points behind leaders Arsenal and have a fight to take fourth place for a Champions League spot.

"I'm pretty gutted every time I look at the table and see the gap between us and Arsenal at the top," the 27-year-old told LFC magazine.

"I'm getting tired of saying the same thing over and over again."

Liverpool are still in the Champions League and hold a 2-0 lead over Inter Milan after the first leg of their last 16 tie.

But they have again flattered to deceive in their quest to land the title for the first time since 1990 and are currently fifth in the top flight.

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"We believed we had the players to challenge for the title, and we wanted that one more than any other trophy available to us," said Gerrard.

"I still believe we have the squad to be a hell of a lot more competitive than we are right now."

Gerrard believes the side has progressed with the signings of Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel and has drawn hope from the example of Arsenal.

The Gunners finished fourth last season but have launched a strong title assault in the present campaign.

Liverpool have a difficult task on their hands to land the prized fourth spot with Everton, Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Manchester City all mounting serious challenges.

"In the position we find ourselves now, fourth is the least that is acceptable," said midfielder Gerrard. "But we have bigger ambitions than that.

"The only way we can fulfil those ambitions is in the Champions League.

I'm 27 now, I don't want to be talking about 'next season' for Liverpool when I'm 32

Steven Gerrard

"And I am not going to pretend that even winning that trophy - and we are a long way away from it at the moment - will make up for the disappointment of the league campaign."

He added: "We can't keep talking about next season all the time. There are only so many times you can say it and believe it.

"Sooner or later we have to make one season the season we make it happen and do the talking on the pitch.

"We need to make people believe it. I'm 27 now, I don't want to be talking about 'next season' for Liverpool when I'm 32.

"We've got the stadium, the fans, the manager and the players to compete for the Premier League.

"But we have no chance of doing that if we are always well out of it by the first week in January."



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