Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he is haunted by the fact he has never been able to win the Premier League.
Liverpool captain longing for title
Steven Gerrard admits he is haunted by the fact he has never been able to win the Premier League.
The 31-year-old has tasted just about every success you can as a player with Liverpool winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and Carling Cup.
But the title medal remains nothing more than a dream at this point, and Gerrard admits that troubles him.
"It's something I think about almost every day," he said. "I always think about the dream of winning it - or the disappointment if I was never to win it.
"Of course, it would be hugely disappointing if it didn't happen. To have played at Liverpool for what will, hopefully, be 14 or 15 years by the time I finish and not win it would be hugely disappointing.
"It would be an awful shame. But it won't be for a lack of trying.
"With the squad we have now, if we can keep improving and progressing and adding to it in the next few years, I think we'll have a really good chance of becoming champions.
"But I've played in an era where there have been three, four or five top teams in the league.
"When Liverpool dominated, they were so good they often turned it into a one-horse race right from the start of the season.
"In my time, we've been fighting with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and now Manchester City and Spurs. They have all been, or are, fantastic teams. It's a really difficult competition to win, but we'll always keep fighting."
Gerrard, who is recovering from an ankle infection, insists that he has not given up on his title dream and he still feels Liverpool can make a challenge again.
"It was great to see so many players come in," he said.
"It wasn't just during the summer either. There was also Luis (Suarez) and Andy (Carroll), who still feel like new signings because they came halfway through last season.
"Since then, we've added Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Craig Bellamy, Stewart Downing and Sebastian Coates. The majority of them are strong British lads, who know the league well. They've also got quality.
"The squad is looking stronger - probably the strongest we've had for a long time. Now it's all about delivering.
"The tools are all there. Now we need to work hard, focus on each game and try to build on what we've shown over the last 20 or so games.
"At Liverpool, your standards have got to be so high every single week. You have to perform every time.
"That's what I've had to do every year and that's what the new lads are coming to terms with."