Liverpool need Gerrard spirit – Lucas


Liverpool want to channel Steven Gerrard’s passion against Everton, based on Lucas Leiva.
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva urged his team-mates to match former captain Steven Gerrard’s passion ahead of your Merseyside derby against Everton.
Brendan Rodgers’ males stop by Goodison Park on Sunday needing a win for bragging rights and to acquire their Premier League season going.
They’ll be without former skipper Gerrard, who left the club for LA Galaxy at the end of final season.
But Lucas said Liverpool necessary to understand from Gerrard’s performances against Everton if they have been to take something out of your encounter.
“He [Gerrard] was super focused during the week. He talked a lot about the derby, that he could not shed the derby, so it truly is a thing I learned from him,” he mentioned.
“And I assume more than the years getting right here, I have the exact same feeling. I understand how much it means for the fans, for the club and for the players, games like this – to win games like a derby.
“Of course we preserve Steve’s record, his spirit, and if we do that for confident we are going to be fine.
“If we play like he has performed for many years, with his passion, then we have a possibility.”
A derby loss as well as the stress on Rodgers is positive to improve, with Liverpool getting taken just 11 points from their opening seven league games.
Lucas said the only technique to answer their critics was using a win.
“The manager’s job is normally a hard one and also the initially one particular that will get the pressure are going to be the manager,” he mentioned.
“The stress is really a lot on him however the only factor we are able to do is win games and that is the only way the stress on him and us will drop.
“We might be all day talking but at the finish of the day in the event you don’t carry out on Sunday and do not win the game, it’s worthless.
“The atmosphere here is quite very good so hopefully we can get some more wins and kick on.”

Neville: Liverpool stuck in mud


Liverpool have been unable to agree a contract extension with Sterling and the 20-year-old England international is expected to be targeted by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City this summer.

Writing in his column for The Telegraph, Neville argues that this represents the latest evidence that Liverpool are a fading force.

“The harsh reality for the club is that this situation has been 15 years in the making,” Neville wrote. “There is a wider context to this story and it centres on how Liverpool have gone from being from one of Europe’s great superpowers to one which is in danger of becoming a provincial club.

“The uncomfortable truth is that this is nothing new for Liverpool. Just look back over the past 10 to 15 years and count the number of players who have left Anfield to pursue bigger and better things elsewhere.

“Steve McManaman, Michael Owen, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez have all gone.”

Although Neville acknowledges that Liverpool remain alongside Manchester United in terms of global appeal, he feels the club have been responsible for their own decline.

“While United have been happy to shout from the rooftops about how big they are and promote the legend and mythology of the club on a global scale for years, Liverpool seem to have been stuck in their own mud,” Neville added.

“They are years behind the biggest European clubs and, for me, their problems are a direct result of that failure to think beyond the confines of their city.

“Great football clubs like Liverpool will never go away, but they need to find a way to arrest the slide and make themselves a team that players want to play for rather than one they try to leave in search of bigger things elsewhere.

“If Sterling leaves, then that will be another star player who has decided that Liverpool is a club that is unable to match their ambitions.”