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Steven Gerrard blames Premier League billionaires for Liverpool's failure

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As captain of Liverpool for 12 years, no one can bear more responsibility for Liverpool's failure to win a Premier League title than Steven Gerrard – he readily admits that.

Now at LA Galaxy, Gerrard is fighting to win a very different league in a very different football culture. Of course, he will still be fighting tooth and nail to bring home the MLS Cup next season, but it will never fill the gap left in his otherwise illustrious career.

The 35-year-old spent 17 years in Liverpool colours, making 710 appearances and winning a Champions League title, two FA Cups and three League Cups, but, looking back, the three second-place finishes in the Premier League suggest his trophy cabinet could have been so much shinier.

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Liverpool have come very close, most notably in the 2013/14 season, when a slip from the man himself in a crucial game against Chelsea essentially handed Manchester City the trophy. Having said that, letting a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace slip did not help matters.

But Gerrard has suggested that, while he will always take responsibility, two billionaire benefactors have played the biggest role in keep Liverpool from winning their first Premier League title.

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Taking responsibility

"I think it'd be fantastic to win the league over here but it certainly wouldn't make amends for finishing second three times," Gerrard told Eurosport.

"They were very frustrating and disappointing moments and experiences I'll never forget. But certainly the plan and the target for me, and the dream, is to try and become champion in the USA.

"I have to look at myself and the team and take responsibility for not being a champion in England, but, of course, the Premier League is very difficult, because every year two people -- [Chelsea owner] Mr. [Roman] Abramovich and the Sheikh at Manchester City -- they pile in fortunes of money every single year so for clubs like Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal it becomes much more difficult.

"I think it is more level here, and more balanced. I'm not complaining, it's the rules. It's just the way it is."

Knock on effect

It is no surprise that four of the six titles have been won by either Manchester City or Chelsea while the other two have been won by Manchester United. These three represent, for one reason or another, the richest clubs in England.

Chelsea have received over £1bn from Abramovich since he took over in 2003 while Sheikh Mansour took his seven-year transfer spending over the £750m mark this summer.

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