Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool’s heavy investment in the transfer market can help the club claim their first league title since 1990.As well as the January additions of strike duo Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in January, Liverpool completed the signing of midfielder Jordan Henderson from Sunderland in a 20 million-pound deal on June 9.
With more big names tipped to be joining the ranks at Anfield, captain Gerrard predicts the freshening up of the squad will help them improve their English Premier League standing next season and perhaps end a drought of five years without silverware.
With Manchester United pulling ahead of their rivals with 19 top-flight titles last season, Gerrard said his club are desperate to square the ledger.
“As a Liverpool fan and a player it’s frustrating when you see your arch-rivals lifting trophies but you’ve got to give credit where it’s due. They’ve won it, they’ve overtaken us,” Gerrard told Liverpool’s website.
“Now the challenge for us is to equalise. We’ve got to make sure we’ve got a squad capable of going into the season and competing with Manchester United.”
“It’s a big statement by the club getting a big signing in early and now we’re watching anxiously for a few more to follow. It’s exciting times. ”
“It’s important this team delivers very soon because we’ve been a number of seasons without putting a trophy in the cabinet and that’s not what Liverpool is about.”
Gerrard, 31, has been out of action since undergoing surgery on a troublesome groin complaint in March and is targeting a full pre-season once he has recovered.
“I want to come back with a bang, I want to have a big season,” he said.
“It’s been non-stop football for me since I started when I was 17. I’ve never had a period of more than four or five weeks out of the game, so it’s been nice to rest mentally.”
“You don’t want to miss games but when you’re watching them it gives you that edge, that buzz to get back. ”
“I’ll come back hungry and hopefully there’s a very productive season ahead for me.”
“I want to play well, I want to score goals – but it’s much more important that the team plays well and we all end the season happy.”