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Gerrard: We have to dig deep
GERRARD: WE HAVE TO DIG DEEP
James Carroll 08 October 2009
Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool must 'dig deep' and look to embark on another winning streak to reignite their title charge.
The Reds currently sit six points behind Barclays Premier League early pacesetters Chelsea after Sunday's 2-0 reversal at Stamford Bridge.
However, Gerrard is confident Liverpool can bounce back quickly when they resume action following the international break and feels gaining momentum could prove to be a decisive factor in the race for the championship.
"There is so much more to come from us and a hell of a lot of football still to play between now and May, and we're up for the challenges that lie ahead," he said.
"It will come down to who wants it the most and who is prepared to dig deepest.
"When the manager demands a reaction from us he gets it, and that's going to come in the games between now and the next Champions League match too.
"Momentum is vitally important in football. When you start to win consistently and go onto the pitch expecting to, it all becomes easier."
After losing three of their opening eight league matches, Gerrard acknowledges the Reds have room for improvement - and he is certain it is a view shared by manager Rafa Benitez.
"You cannot ever think that you can't improve," said the captain. "No-one at Liverpool will ever be allowed to think that way because it's not the way the manager operates.
"You might have played well – a defender keeping a clean sheet, a midfielder with a couple of assists or a striker with a hat-trick – but the manager will always find room for improvement.
"There's no relaxing under Rafa because he sets his standards so high. That's the Liverpool way and talking to players from previous eras, that's the same message they used to get to. You can always do better – collectively and as individuals. If you think you're on top of your game you can still improve. That's what we get drummed into us every single day and it really does help."
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