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Title is not far away - Gerrard

Last Updated: Sun, 11 May 2014 21:35

Steven Gerrard is confident Liverpool can come close to winning the title again after narrowly missing out this season.

Liverpool took part in their strongest title challenge in the Premier League era this season but lost out on the final day after Manchester City beat them to it with a 2-0 win over West Ham United.

The Reds had looked on course to win the league with a three games remaining but a defeat to Chelsea followed by a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace allowed City to take advantage in the race for top spot.

But despite falling at the final hurdle, Gerrard is confident Liverpool can mount another strong title challenge next season.

"We have been unlucky - we gave it a great shot, but we fell a little bit short. But what do we do? We dust ourselves down and go again," Gerrard said.

"It took me until I'm 33 to really experience a proper, genuine title race. This squad is very young, and the experience those lads are going to gain from this rollercoaster is going to be very important. The title is not too far away if we continue to produce performances like we have done this season.

"Before this season the manager gave us the top four as a target - I don't think that'll be his target next season, and it certainly won't be the players'. We've proved this season that we're capable of mixing it with the best and we want another title race, and we want to go one better next year.

"If we add to this team and the squad in the right areas we are capable of challenging. Things have changed here - the supporters know that and the players know that.

"We are genuine title contenders before a ball is kicked next year, and we need to go and prove that we're the top side in the league over 38 games, and not second."

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