Reds skipper still hoping for the one medal that has eluded him
Steven Gerrard is refusing to give up hope of one day winning the Premier League title with Liverpool FC.
But the Reds’ captain says the team should just be aiming to get back in the Champions League this season – and finishing above Everton.
Gerrard will skipper England in Tuesday night in their crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley.
Victory for the Three Lions will book their place in Brazil next summer as Group H winners.
Gerrard wil then re-join the Liverpool squad as they begin preparations for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are second in the table, level on points with Arsenal after seven games.
But Gerrard has played down Liverpool’s chances of winning the title and says they must focus on getting back into Europe’s elite club competition – while also finishing above the Blues for the first time since 2011.
“I am the captain of my boyhood team,” Gerrard said.
“I have a special relationship with staff and supporters. There is a bond there. I’ve never made decisions financially. I make them with my heart – and that’s why I haven’t moved on.
“My only regrets are the times I’ve had lows at Liverpool.
“You’re letting the fans down. That’s hard. You’ve let people down. But I find I have learned more from the lows. The feelings the fans go through at the end of a match – I feel them too.
“There’s a lot at stake every time I pull on a shirt for Liverpool.
“I’d never say never about our chances of winning the Premier League title. But if I’m being honest, that’s not the aim.
“The aim is for a top-four place – and to finish above Everton.”
England are just a win away from securing a place at the 2014 World Cup and Gerrard says Friday night’s 3-1 win over Montenegro has given the squad a real boost.
But the Liverpool legend has been quick to remind the squad that there remains work to be done.
“The result will give us a huge lift and it’s good for confidence going into the final game,” Gerrard said.
“But the message is that the job’s half done. Poland are a very good team. They’re going to come and do us no favours, like Montenegro, and try to make it really difficult for us.
“It’s important that we perform to the same level as on Friday night.”
England were locked 0-0 at half-time on Friday night at Wembley but second half goals from Wayne Rooney, Andros Townsend and Reds striker Daniel Sturridge saw them to victory.
But Gerrard has revealed that the England team were unsettled by news that Group rivals Ukraine had already beaten Poland to go top.
“We did know the result and it wasn’t helpful,” Gerrard said.
“The rumours were circulating which added that little bit more pressure. I said earlier in the week it was going to be a pressure situation. It’s that critical stage in qualifying now and we took it on the chin. We accepted responsibility and we produced.”