Liverpool FC captain admits he needs to improve this season
Steven Gerrard honest about the Reds’ season but feels as though the good times are just around the corner
December 19th, 2014
Liverpool have already dropped out of the Premier League title race and been dumped out of the Champions League, although the grey cloud of a season developed a silver lining this week.
A 3-1 victory at Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup keeps alive the Reds’ prospects of winning a trophy this season, with Steven Gerrard hoping that this result acts as a catalyst after a bad run of results.
“It’s been tough of late, I can’t deny that,” he said. “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster so to get a good win at Bournemouth is a big lift and a lift that is very welcome.
“We have a tough game at the weekend against Arsenal and then we have a run of fixtures which are a bit more kind to us. If we can get a big result against Arsenal and build on this, we can turn it around.
“It’s been very hard. I’ve experienced it a few times during my career at Liverpool when it gets tough under certain managers and, from the outside, people are trying to kill you. It’s normal. We’re at a big club, we’ve got to take that responsibility.
“We can’t have players hiding and feeling sorry for ourselves. Everyone knows if we perform back to how we have done of late against Arsenal we’ll get beat. We need men out there and, on Wednesday, I thought we all turned up. That’s why the result came.”
“This is where you find out what kind of players you’ve got in the dressing room. It’s time to roll your sleeves up and fight for the club and try to put it right as soon as possible and that’s what we’re trying to do.
“Criticism comes with the territory. There was a stage where a couple of my performances were under par and I got a bit of stick. It’s normal. I’ve got to accept it being captain of the club, and he’s got to accept it being the manager of Liverpool.
“If results don’t go well, questions are going to be asked, criticism is going to fly, you take it on the chin and try to improve things. That’s the only way.
“I know when I don’t play well. Every individual does here. But I think, collectively, it has been tough. It’s been tough to perform because we haven’t played well as a team and so there have been tough days of late.
“But if we keep fighting, keep performing, roll our sleeves up, keep giving everything we’ve got, I’m sure the good days are not too far away.”