Gerrard issues 'unacceptable' Liverpool team-mate challenge

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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has admitted that finishing seventh would be unacceptable this season.

The England international midfielder returned to action for the Reds last night after a three-game suspension, and helped Liverpool to a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Fulham.

Having spent long periods of time in the bottom half of the Barclays Premier League, Gerrard has revealed that while he's happy the club have moved up the table they still have some way to go to meet the 'Liverpool standard'.

"If you look where we were a couple of weeks ago, of course we're happy being seventh," said the 30-year-old Anfield hero.

"But we've got Stoke next and it's important that we keep this run going and try to get another three points and move up the table. We want more than seventh, seventh's not acceptable at this club."


Under Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool are undefeated in three league games and have picked up seven vital points against Everton, Wolves and Fulham respectively.

A Champions League return isn't such a long way for the Reds now either, and Liverpool have 14 games to claw back the nine points that currently separate them from fourth place.

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