Gerrard eyes glory as Alonso eyes exit

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Steven Gerrard has underlined his commitment to Liverpool as his midfield colleague Xabi Alonso nears the Anfield exit door.

Gerrard is preparing to lead Liverpool in their second pre-season friendly on Sunday against Rapid Vienna in the Austrian capital, while are believe to be continuing negotiations to bring Alonso to the Bernabeu.

"I still have many more dreams, and that means winning the Premier League because that is the only medal that is missing from my own personal collection," Gerrard told

"And it would be really nice to go to a tournament with England and to be successful, so that means the World Cup next summer for me. I want to go one better than a quarter-final, which is the farthest so far that I have gone in a tournament.

"It's the last four and the final that I now am aiming for. And I want another success in the Champions League too.

"People could see my reaction when I lifted that trophy in 2005, how much it means to me, my team-mates and the supporters. That was the best night of my career and I want to match it and experience that success again."

Gerrard's partnership with Alonso at the heart of Liverpool's side, however, looks to be over.

With Alonso having made it clear to manager Rafael Benitez that he wants to leave the club, the Spanish manager has been determined to get the very best price for the 30-year-old.

The end of the agreement this weekend with Alonso's former club Real Sociedad that would have seen 20% of any sell-on fee going to the Basque club gives Liverpool and Madrid some negotiating room.

Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder is now being linked in a player-plus-cash compromise. Benitez could also use the Alonso fee to buy Valencia's attacking midfielder David Silva.

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