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Steven Gerrard still hopeful of Liverpool glory

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is determined to put last season behind him and bring success back to Anfield.

Gerrard suffered a frustrating campaign last season, with Liverpool finishing second in the Premier League, two points behind champions Manchester City. For the Reds skipper, it was double the heartbreak as his slip for Demba Ba's goal in the 2-0 loss to Chelsea proved vital for Liverpool throwing the league away.

Terrible summer

It was then followed up by an abysmal England effort in the World Cup, as he lead the side to gaining just one point in Group D, finishing bottom of the table and leaving the tournament at the group stages for the first time since 1958.

Again, the 34-year-old felt remorse as his mistimed header granted Uruguayan striker and then Liverpool team-mate with the winning goal of the game.

Time to recover

Nonetheless, Gerrard will brush last season from his mind as The Reds look to improve from their effort last season and the Liverpool captain believes that he has the right manager in Brendan Rodgers to help him through the tough period.

Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, Gerrard said: "You get a support network around you of the people you are close to. That's been the case since day one - people who have watched me since before I made my debut. They are always there for me. They always will be.

"I also have an unbelievable manager who is brilliant with me.

"The level I play at for Liverpool and England means it can be a cruel game. It's not always going to be celebrations, smiles, highs and winning things and stuff like that.

"When you're fighting for things at this level there are always going to be downs and heartbreaks and disappointments, and the last three months have been a massive disappointment.

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"If you are a Liverpool player and a Liverpool fan, you give it everything you have got every time you go out to try and be successful. It is not always going to be great. You have to go through tough times.

"Unfortunately, I have had that tough time at club level at the end of the season and then I have gone into a World Cup hoping that it was going to go really well to help me get over it. But it backfired.

International retirement

To counter last seasons problems, Gerrard has retired from international duty as he attempts to bring the league title back to Liverpool since 1990. The Premier League is the only major trophy that the Whiston-born midfielder has not won at Anfield as he enters his twilight years of his career, Gerrard will push himself to capture raise the league title. 

After The Reds went the closest to winning the title since they won it 24 years ago and Gerrard picked up his second Premier League runners up medal, the Liverpool captain is not aiming at anything less than challenging for trophy he is yet to lift. 

"We have to try to win the league and progress in the Champions League - there are massive games to look forward to.

"When you're captain of the team and the group, you can't afford to be down and feel sorry for yourself or mope around.

"Everyone in this group of players looks to me to see what sort of mood I'm in, to see how I am behaving around the place moving forward, so I have to shake it off pretty quick.

"Every time I speak to the media it's going to be mentioned and that's the only time I think about it really.

"I appreciate how big it is when you go out of a World Cup, when you fall short, after going to close in the Premier League title race. I understand it's going to be on the agenda very time you speak to the media, but I have to move on from it quickly too.

"You guys know me well enough, I'll keep going and I'll go again."

Transfer business

Liverpool have added five players to their current squad to improve on the success from last season which includes Southampton trio Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren along with Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and Lazar Markovic joinging from Benfica.

Can, who plays a similar role to Gerrard, will have a superb mentor in the Liverpool captain. Both Brendan Rogers and Gerrard have stated that the skipper will not be able to play every game this season, especially now competing in the Champions League so it is likely Can will have to emulate Gerrard's role and step up to the plate on multiple occasions.

Gerrard has a very exciting season to look forward to. There is plenty of youth that Gerrard will relish by sending his superb long balls to, along with European nights returning to Anfield, games that Reds players in the past have said are on a different level atmosphere wise.

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