Gerrard maintains title hope
Steven Gerrard has quashed talk he will need to leave Liverpool to win the Premier League by claiming the Reds aren't far away.
Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson suggested this week the England captain would have to move on from Anfield if he was ever to pick up a league winner's medal.
In his 12 years with the Reds Gerrard has only come close to winning the Premier League once, narrowly losing out to Manchester United on that occasion.
The 32-year-old is running out of time to put that right and it looks as though he will have to wait at least another year to mount a title challenge after Liverpool took just one point from their two games so far.
With Brendan Rodgers trying to put together a squad capable of challenging the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, Gerrard is realistic it will take time before the Reds can be considered title contenders.
"Hopefully before I hang my boots up I can realise the dream of winning it - but I'm also realistic as well," Gerrard said on Sky Sports News.
"I don't think we're miles away. Of course we have to be realistic, we finished eighth in the league last year but we got to two major cup finals which shows we can compete with anyone on our day.
"If we find a better level of consistency we can find ourselves higher up the table than last year."
Liverpool will hope to get their first win of the season when Arsenal come to Anfield on Sunday, and punters can use their free bet to back the Reds to be victorious.