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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Gerrard: Liverpool showed great resolve

Steven Gerrard has told Sky Sports that Liverpool showed great character to bounce back from a controversial West Ham equaliser to earn a 2-1 win at Upton Park and keep their charge for the Premier League title on track.

Steven Gerrard celebrates after tucking home his penalty at West Ham.
Steven Gerrard scored two penalties at West Ham to send Liverpool top of the Premier League.

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Gerrard scored twice from the spot -- either side of Guy Demel's leveller on the stroke of half-time -- as Liverpool returned to the top of the table.

Referee Anthony Taylor appeared to overrule his assistant in awarding Demel's goal, even though Andy Carroll clearly knocked Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet on the head, causing him to drop a cross and allowing Demel to score.

The official then awarded a penalty for Liverpool despite Adrian appearing to win the ball before felling Jon Flanagan, from which Gerrard scored the winner.

"There is great resolve, character and togetherness from the squad,'' Gerrard said.

"We did [feel a sense of injustice], but the manager said to us at half-time we can't change anything.

"That one went against us, but we couldn't feel sorry for ourselves. We had to roll our sleeves up and give an extra 10 percent.

"You can see clearly it's a foul, the linesmen flagged for it and the referee has overruled him.''

The win moved Liverpool two points clear of Chelsea at the top but, with a huge meeting with Manchester City at Anfield up next, Gerrard is not getting too excited just yet.

"I am not convinced [Liverpool will win the league] just yet,'' he added. "We have very hard games to go, we've got a huge game next week. We've got to give everything we can."

Information from the Press Association was used in this article.

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