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Gerrard admits he's failed to find top form

April 6, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has conceded that he has struggled to perform to his usual standards in a season which looks set to ultimately end in disappointment.

Steven Gerrard celebrates his goal for Liverpool against Birmingham
GettyImagesSteven Gerrard celebrates his goal for Liverpool against Birmingham

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While Liverpool are still in the hunt for silverware when they look to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit against Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday, their ultimate aim of the Premier League title is a dim and distant memory with a place in next season's Champions League looking increasingly unlikely.

Gerrard's goal against Birmingham in Sunday's 1-1 draw was his first away from Anfield in the league since August, underlining how he has struggled to hit the heights of previous seasons.

He told LFC Weekly magazine: "I'm always honest with myself, first and foremost. I always know when my form is there, or when it's slightly under what it should be at. Whenever I come off a football pitch I know straight away.

"The challenge for me now is to finish the season strongly. It has been frustrating at times this year with injuries and dips in form. I haven't been reaching the level I want to play at, but it can't always be possible. I've got to accept that."

Gerrard also bemoaned the club's poor away form which looks destined to cost them a top-four finish. The Reds have won just four games on the road all term, scoring a mere 14 goals. All the teams currently in the top four have scored more than 30 goals away from their home ground.

He said: "If leagues and trophies were won on just home form, it would be a successful season. But we haven't been good enough on the road; if you look at the stats, they don't lie.

"Away from home it has been frustrating. There is still time to put that right by sneaking into the top four."