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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard sounded an ominous warning for Norwich City as he gears up for the biggest month of his stellar career.
Gerrard is looking to add the Premier League title to his Champions League success at Anfield over the coming weeks after Brendan Rodgers’ side moved two points clear at the top following a stirring 3-2 win over Manchester City.
The 33-year-old powerhouse made an impassioned plea to his team mates on the final whistle not to let their standards drop ahead of a Carrow Road meeting against Neil Adams’ side in a game that carries huge significance at both ends of the table. Gerrard ranks this weekend’s fixture right up there with biggest he has played for the Merseyside giants.
“I feel 21 again, playing with all these top players. It’s probably going to be the biggest month of my career coming up now. I’ll give it everything I’ve got,” he said. “I’m enjoying it, it’s great to play with so many top players. The journey I’ve had all the way through the years, there have been ups and downs. At the moment, I’m loving every minute of it.
“I think that’s the best we’ve played all season. For the first 30 or 35 minutes, we blew the so-called best team in the league away. It could have been three or four. I don’t think 2-0 is ever enough against the top sides in this league. But it’s all about getting the job done, no matter how you do it, and thankfully we got it done in the end.”
Gerrard is doing nothing to downplay the importance of his side’s assignment at Carrow Road, labelling it as big as their famous Champions League triumph in 2005 against AC Milan.
“Every game is getting bigger because we are getting closer to the last game of the season,” he said. “Manchester City was always going to be huge because they are in the race with us but Norwich now become Manhester City. Norwich become Chelsea. Norwich become Manchester United. That’s how big it is. We have got to treat Norwich like we treated AC Milan in 2005. That’s just how football is. We can’t think about what colour shirts Norwich are wearing and the personnel in them. We have got to treat them like the best team in the world.
“We have got to forget where we are and forget what we have done. We have just got to focus and prepare for Norwich now. We have got to treat it like it is the last game of all our careers. That is the mentality. We have been on a magnificent run. We could win 13 on the spin but lose the last one and we won’t get anything. Nobody will remember it. The only way people will remember it is if we go on and win it. Otherwise you get a pat on the back. We’ve all had them but they come and go. What is key as a footballer is getting something to show for all the hard work.”
Gerrard will lead his men into battle after successfully navigating a disciplinary tightrope with last weekend’s fixtures the cut-off point to avoid a two-game suspension for picking up a total of 10 cautions during the season.
“It was tough in the last four games. There were times when I wanted to fire in and steam in to a few tackles,” said Gerrard. “I’ve had to bite my tongue at times. But I think I have played it very well and it hasn’t affected my performances. I was a bit worried at the time when I got the last booking that it would have an effect on me but it hasn’t.”