Gerrard warns a title challenge will prove difficult

Steven Gerrard has warned Liverpool not to assume they will be title contenders this season, reports the Express.

The Liverpool captain came agonisingly close to lifting the clubs first Premier League trophy last season, only to miss out on the final day of the season to Manchester City.

The Reds have since sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £75million, and Gerrard has warned it will be difficult to repeat the performances of last season with so many new signings on board at Anfield.

“We made a lot of progress last season going from seventh to second and being very close to winning the title,” the 34-year-old said.

“The football we played and results we had against some of the best sides in the country rightly earned us a lot of praise.

“I’m sure it’s something supporters will remember for a long time. However it counts for absolutely nothing now.

“It’s gone and us players have to quickly move on. In both 2002 and 2009, I was part of the side that also finished second.

“At the time everyone assumed we’d build on that and then go one better.

“It didn’t happen. So none of us can just think we’ll be one of the top sides again this season.

“Instead, we have to make sure we are by producing our best on a consistent basis. Doing so won’t be easy.

“If anything it will be harder again because the teams in and around us have all strengthened and will be more dangerous.”