Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool are capable of winning the Barclays Premier League title before the end of his playing career.

The Reds have failed to secure a league crown for 21 years, but have come agonisingly close to glory a number of times since.

Gerrard certainly knows the heartache that comes with being pipped at the last, having captained the Liverpool side that lost out to Manchester United in 2009.

But the 31-year-old is determined to add a 19th league title to the trophy cabinet before he lowers the curtain on his Anfield career.

"It's something I think about almost every day," said Gerrard "I always think about the dream of winning it - or the disappointment if I was never to win it.

"Of course, it would be hugely disappointing if it didn't happen. To have played at Liverpool for what will, hopefully, be 14 or 15 years by the time I finish and not win it would be hugely disappointing.

"It would be an awful shame. But it won't be for a lack of trying."

Gerrard is certainly optimistic about the chances of winning the league in the not too distant future, owed to the influence of Kenny Dalglish and the investment of Fenway Sports Group.

"With the squad we have now, if we can keep improving and progressing and adding to it in the next few years, I think we'll have a really good chance of becoming champions," he added.

"But I've played in an era where there have been three, four or five top teams in the league.

"When Liverpool dominated, they were so good they often turned it into a one-horse race right from the start of the season.

"In my time, we've been fighting with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and now Manchester City and Spurs. They have all been, or are, fantastic teams. It's a really difficult competition to win, but we'll always keep fighting."

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