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Gerrard: Pressure starts now

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Steven Gerrard has played down Liverpool's achievement in topping the Premier League table and warned his team-mates the hard work is about to start.

Rafael Benitez's side showed their title credentials on Sunday with a 1-0 at Stamford Bridge that ended Chelsea's record-breaking unbeaten home run. That gave them a three-point cushion over the Blues and came on the back of a victory over Manchester United earlier this season.

Ahead of Wednesday's visit of Portsmouth, Gerrard told The Times: "It's important not to get carried away. We're still only in October."

He added: "We're in a nice position in the league, but Chelsea are a fantastic side, who will come back, and Manchester United will be there or thereabouts.

"We've won nothing yet. It was a massive win and three big points, but if we slip up against Portsmouth, those points will be irrelevant.

"To win this league and become champions, you have to handle the pressure of being at the top.

"That's the challenge for us now. Can we handle being top of the league? We've done superbly well so far, we're unbeaten, and we have to keep that going now, starting against Portsmouth."

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