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Gerrard Sets Realistic Targets For Season

Steven Gerrard believes a top four finish should be Liverpool’s realistic objective this season.

The Reds skipper made his first start in seven months with a goal against Manchester United at the weekend, which was later cancelled out by Javier Hernandez as the game ended 1-1 at Anfield.

Liverpool are currently fifth after their first eight games of the season and are looking to improve on last season’s sixth-placed finish. Gerrard said:

“We’ve got to put it into perspective. We were playing probably the best side in the league.

“It goes to show how far this team and this squad has come that we’re disappointed not to have taken maximum points off Manchester United.

“We stood up to the test and we’ve proved we’re up there as good as the best in the league.

“We are really confident we can push on from this game now and put in a real good fight for the top four.”

The England midfielder is delighted to have scored on his first start after his lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“I didn’t realise what I had until it was taken away from me for so long.

“So I am delighted to be back and be able to experience the emotion of big games again.

“It has been a frustrating six months watching the lads from the stands and I much prefer to be out there having an impact on the game.

“It would have been the perfect day if my goal had been the winner but it wasn’t to be.”

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