Liverpool captain took another step towards becoming the Reds all-time leading scorer from the penalty spot when he duly converted past Southampton ‘keeper Artur Boruc to round off his sides emphatic 3-0 win on the South coast.
Although he remains one of the focal points of Brendan Rodgers title contending outfit, the skipper has hailed the togetherness of the team and and the fighting spirit the boss has instilled in them. “Southampton have taken points off some big teams at St Mary’s this season and our recent record against them wasn’t great” Gerrard told the Liverpool ECHO. “But there’s a great togetherness in this team. The spirit in the dressing room is something the manager has created.”
Three points for the Reds, coupled with Arsenal losing to Stoke City, sees Brendan Rodgers side keep the pressure up on Chelsea — sitting a mere 4-points off of Jose Mourinho’s side. “We are in the race, we have no other distractions and we believe we can compete for it, but there is still a long way to go” continued the 33-year old. “We’ve got some really important and difficult games coming up and we need to be focused.”
The Anfield outfit meet both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur before the March is over and then face Manchester City and Chelsea on opposite ends of April — four matches that could very well decide the title race. “There is a lot of belief in the team” enthused Gerrard. “Games like the win at Southampton, coupled with what we’ve done at home recently to the likes of Everton and Arsenal, have fuelled that belief.”