Gerrard believes Liverpool success is close

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said on Wednesday he believes success is just around the corner for the Merseyside club, and urged the team’s owners to keep backing manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds have not won the English title for more than 20 years, struggling in recent times to stay in touch with Premier League rivals. But 33-year-old Gerrard, who last week signed a new two-year contract extension with the club, said he was confident the glory days of old were again close for the five-time European champions.

“Is success around the corner... I hope so,” he told The Australian newspaper. Gerrard, who has been at Liverpool since he was a young boy, said he had nothing but praise for Rodgers, who assumed the role last season. “…We are moving in the right direction. We are playing nice football and hopefully the owners continue to back him and he is able to add to the squad to make it stronger so we can compete for trophies.”

‘Suarez still a Liverpool player’

However, questions remain over the future of Luis Suarez, with reports in the British media overnight that Liverpool has turned down a second, increased bid of £40 million ($61 million) from Arsenal for the Uruguay striker.

Gerrard said he had been talking to Suarez in Melbourne and continued to remind him that there is “a lot of love” for him from the club, the players and the fans. “He is still a Liverpool player,” he said.AFP



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