Gerrard: Reds slump not Houllier's fault
By Simon Fudge & Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The England midfielder feels he and the rest of his team-mates must take responsibility for The Reds' recent slump, with the Anfield giants having gone eight matches without a win since early November.
The 22-year-old believes the players must try and put things right, with Liverpool in need of a result at champions Arsenal on Sunday to keep their title hopes alive.
Gerrard said: "What is happening is disappointing and it is a crisis by Liverpool standards - but the criticism the boss has taken is unbelievable.
"When you look back at the state of the club four or five years ago you realise he turned us into a (Cup) Treble-winning team which has improved with every season.
"You cannot blame him.
"He can get us organised and pick the team - then it is down to us to repay him by getting results."
Houllier looks ready to strengthen his squad when the transfer window opens in the summer, with Charlton Athletic midfielder Paul Konchesky one name being mentioned to be on the Frenchman's target list.
However, reports in France have Houllier also linked with a move for Monaco midfielder Ludovic Giuly.
With the Principality club still in need of a new owner, the Stade Louis II side are looking to sell some of its players to help ease its difficult financial situation.
The Reds boss looks keen to buy the winger, with a possible transfer fee of between é¼7 and é¼8 million being mentioned for the French international.
Liverpool are also said to be monitoring the progress of the brother of Bruno Cheyrou in Lille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou.
The French Under-21 international has been left disappointed by the lack of first team action he has had at the Stade Grimonprez-Jooris and may be looking for a move away from Le Championnat club.
Fellow French sides Strasbourg, Troyes, Sochaux and Sedan are all interested in the youngster, who is under contract with Lille until 2005.