LIVERPOOL FC captain Steven Gerrard has given himself a four-year deadline to reel in Manchester United’s league title record.
The 31-year-old hopes to be still involved at Anfield after his 35th birthday – and by the time he reaches that landmark he hopes to have added the only significant club winner’s medal still missing from his personal trophy cabinet.
“As a Liverpool fan and a player it’s frustrating when you see your arch-rivals lifting trophies but you’ve got to give credit where it’s due. They’ve won it, they’ve overtaken us,” he said.
“Now the challenge for us is to equalise. We’ve got to make sure we’ve got a squad capable of going into the season and competing with Manchester United.”
The Old Trafford club claimed league title number 19 in May, finally knocking Liverpool off the perch they had occupied since 1976 when Bob Paisley’s side clinched title number nine.
The Reds stretched that run of title wins to 18 in 1990, before United started to steadily claw back the deficit in the Premier League era.
Gerrard added: “We’re happy with what we’ve achieved but there’s still a lot of time for me to achieve bigger and better things. I’d like to finish my career with a few more trophies.
“I always look at the 35 marker. If I get there and I’m still involved with Liverpool I’ll be delighted but at the moment I’m feeling as good as ever. I’ve had time to get my body right, get my body strong. I’m still four or five weeks away from playing a game but I believe I’ll come back in better physical condition than I’ve ever been.”