Daniel Sturridge says Liverpool players are desperate to win the Premier League for long serving captain Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool went to the top of the league after demolishing Tottenham 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday after both Chelsea and Manchester City dropped points, and Daniel Sturridge has admitted that the Liverpool players are desperate to win the league for the Kop legend.
A Premier League winners medal is the only honour that Steven Gerrard is yet to achieve in his 16 year long career at Anfield, and came closest in the 2008/09 season, when they came second to Manchester United.
Gerrard’s Liverpool honours
FA Cup (2): 2000–01, 2005–06.
League Cup (3): 2000–01, 2002–03, 2011–12.
Community Shield (2): 2001, 2006.
European Cup (1): 2004–05.
UEFA Cup (1): 2000–01.
UEFA Super Cup (2): 2001, 2005.
Gerrard has excelled in his new role as deep lying midfielder this season, and has scored 11 times in the league. Liverpool are six wins away from the league title, with rivals Manchester City and Chelsea due to visit Anfield in the coming weeks. Daniel Sturridge, who has already won the league with Chelsea in 2010, says the entire squad is determined to win it for Steven Gerrard.
“If we win it, Stevie really deserves it, he should win the Premier League because of everything he has done for this club,” Sturridge said. “Every player in this team will do their best to help him achieve that goal.
“He’s just unbelievable every day, a great leader. He lives and dies for this club, he’s been here his whole career and it’s just a great pleasure to be able to play with him. He is the perfect example for every young player around the country – in fact a real example for every player.
“He’s been so loyal to Liverpool – he has been world class and still is world class. Stevie will always be a legend not just for Liverpool, but to England as well. He will definitely go down in history as one of the best midfielders in the game, never mind just this club.”
Sturridge has urged everyone at Liverpool not to lose focus and to stay calm, as the title race enters the final stage.
“You saw it against Sunderland that teams will come and be really compact, and try to close down all the spaces against us,” Sturridge said. “That makes it difficult. But from now it is all about the results, that’s all that matters, so we won’t worry about anything else.
“The important thing is just to keep working hard as a team and if we do that, I am sure we will continue to get the results. There are still six games to go, every one of them huge, so we will not get too excited just yet.”