Tuesday, July 24, 2007

We'll challenge United and Chelsea - Gerrard

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard says he will use the bitter memories of the club's Champions League final defeat against AC Milan to inspire him to lead the Reds to success this season.
It's 62 days since Gerrard and his teammates were beaten in European club football's showpiece in Athens and the England international is determined the Anfield outfit will bounce back better than ever.
He said: "Defeat in a game that big is always going to come back into your system from time to time and haunt you. There have been times in the summer when something jogs your memory back to what happened and it's then that you have to take a look at yourself. You have to use it as a spur and that's certainly what I'm going to try to do this season."
With manager Rafa Benitez having been given the financial clout to sign the likes of Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel, Reds' supporters will be hoping their expensive summer acquisitions can help the club challenge Manchester United and Chelsea for the Premiership crown.
Speaking from Hong Kong, where Liverpool are competing in the Asia Trophy alongside Portsmouth and Fulham, Gerrard outlined his steely determination to ensure the Reds produce a sustained title challenge this time round.

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