Martin Skrtel: Liverpool can win a trophy for Steven Gerrard

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Martin Skrtel has revealed how desperate the Liverpool players are to help Steven Gerrard finish his career at Anfield with a trophy.

The Reds captain has accumulated a total of ten pieces of silverware since making his debut for his boyhood club in 1998, including the Champions League in 2005.

However, the 34-year-old is yet to feel a trophy within his hands since 2012 when Liverpool won the League Cup, beating Cardiff City on penalties.

Gerrard has carried the Merseyside club through thick and thin during his 16 years in the first-team and snubbed plenty of offers from Europe's elite clubs to continue playing for his boyhood club.

Now, Skrtel believes that it is time that both he and his team-mates repaid the former England captain for his services over the years and capturing a cup come May would be the best tribute.

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“Stevie showed tonight how important he is for us,” Skrtel told the Liverpool Echo.“He showed his quality with two great goals and proved what a great player he still is.”

“It will be difficult without him. He’s the leader on the pitch. He’s a great player and a nice guy as well. We will miss him both on and off the pitch. It will be really difficult to replace him.

“He has made his decision and we have to respect it. It’s up to him and his family. He knows what is best for them.

“We wish him all the best in the next stage of his career. It would be nice if we can win the FA Cup.

“We want Stevie to finish this career here with another trophy. There is a long way to go in the competition but we will try our best.

“We need to focus on the next game against Sunderland and try to get the three points to improve our league position.”

Realistic Target

With Brendan Rodgers' men trailing league-leaders Chelsea by 17 points, it would take a miracle for them to catch the Blues and capture Gerrard a first Premier League title.

The most realistic finish the Reds can hope for is fourth place, however with Southampton seven points ahead occupying the final Champions League spot, that could too be an uphill battle, especially as Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and West Ham all lurk in the wings ready to pounce.

However, Liverpool are left in three cup competitions and have a good chance of winning one of them.

Rodgers has guided the Merseyside club to the League Cup semi-final for the first time since taking charge in 2012 and meet Chelsea for a place at Wembley.

It's always difficult playing Jose Mourinho's side, especially over two legs, however, there is no better time to play the West London club.

With Chelsea in a battle with Manchester City for the league title and with European ambitions, Mourinho could play a weakened side for the two games that take place later this month so he can keep his key men fresh.

The same could be said about the FA Cup - the league and Champions League will both take priority for the Blues and City and it could leave the competition wide open.

Europa League Best Option

With Liverpool finishing third in Group B of the Champions League, they've been given a second bite - a slightly sourer bite - at a chance to win the Europa League.

The competition may not have the same appeal as it's more attractive old brother, however it's still a good comepetition to win.

In recent years Chelsea and Atheltico Madrid have won the contest and this year it looks extremely competitive.

More importantly, from this year, the winner of the tourament gains an automatic place into the Champions League.

With the Reds struggling in the league and a top-four finish looking more and more difficult, Rodgers could throw all of his eggs into one basket and gun down the Europa League.

With the chance at a trophy and a spot in Europe's elite competition, it makes a lot of sense.

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