Is Steven Gerrard right to play down chances?

Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey asks whether Steven Gerrard is
being realistic or pessimistic in downplaying Liverpool's title chances.

Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain, has urged caution
over his teams title chances despite the Reds enjoying their best ever start to
a Premier League season.

Liverpool currently sit joint on points with Chelsea, with
Scolari's men top of the league by viture of a superior goal difference.

However, the midfielder has warned his team mates that there
is a long way to go and many more hurdles to clear before they should count
themselves as genuine contenders.

"It's important to stay
humble,"

Gerrard said, as reported in The Daily
Express
.

"We know we're a good team, we
know we're getting closer to a title challenge – we can say that. But we've got
to prove we can stay in the race to the end.

"I can understand why
people are saying it. We've gone down a couple of times by goals, we haven't
given up and we've managed to turn games around. So now they're saying we've
got title credentials."

But is
this what Liverpool fans want to hear?

Gerrard
sounds cautious rather than pleased to have kept pace with Scolari's Chelsea
team thus far, how should he be inspiring his team mates to keep up their form? Why is
their captain not shouting from the rooftops of Anfield that this is the year
the long wait is over?

Is he
being pessimistic or is Stevie G right to show caution?