Gerrard downplays Liverpool 'crisis'

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is refusing to panic at the Reds' poor start to the season, and says there are plenty of positives to be taken from Brendan Rodgers' first three Premier League games in charge.

With just one point gained from a possible nine, the club are sat precariously in the drop zone, and after a draw and a defeat already at Anfield, the knives are out with critics laying blame at the door of principal owner John W Henry.

A 2-0 defeat against Arsenal last weekend came just after the close of the transfer window, where Liverpool allowed record signing Andy Carroll to leave Merseyside on loan, while failing to bring in a suitable replacement, leaving Rodgers short on options in attack.

But, despite the negative feel around the club at the moment, Gerrard is confident that the players will turn things around, and that the fans can look forward to a successful season.

"When you're not winning football matches it's tough," he admitted. "But when you have my kind of experience, you don't panic after three games.

"We were fantastic against Manchester City and should have won. Against Arsenal it was the opposite.

"It's been a tough few weeks but it's not the time to panic. We can still take the club forward."

Gerrard was speaking on international duty with England as the Three Lions prepare to take on Moldova in their first 2014 World Cup qualifier this evening, before returning to London to face Ukraine at Wembley next Tuesday.

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