Gerrard: pressure on after poor start

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Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool must embark on a winning run in the Premier League after recording their worst league start for 100 years under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds are yet to win a single league game and while there have been encouraging moments, most notably their performance against Manchester City, defensive errors, a tough set of opening fixtures and bad luck have combined to leave them in the relegation zone.

Liverpool were unlucky to come away from their home fixture against Manchester United last weekend without a point, while they controlled possession for large portions of their 2-0 defeat against Arsenal and were left ruing defensive slip-ups in their 2-2 draw with league champions Manchester City.

Liverpool face a trip to Norwich this weekend which is followed by home games against Stoke and Reading, and Gerrard believes now is the time the club must start stringing results together and move up the league table.

"We have a run of games coming up now where there are points we should be taking but the longer it [not winning] goes on the more difficult it is going to get, so it is important against Norwich we take maximum points," said the club's captain.

"If you look at the performances against City and United we should have six [more] points so it is not a case of: 'They're out the way now, let's go beat the sides we should beat.'

"I think what we need to do is keep playing like we have done and hopefully we'll get the rub of the green, get referees' decisions in our favour and we will go on and take maximum points.

"Of course it puts more pressure on us. If we had won against United and beaten City everyone would be saying about how good a result it was at Sunderland [a 1-1 draw].

"But because that win hasn't come it seems as if we dropped points at Sunderland, so it is no good getting a point from these tough away games any more, we need to win them."

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