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 By Mike Whalley

Steven Gerrard cools Liverpool title talk

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has played down the club’s Premier League title chances, insisting a top-four finish remains the priority.

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Brendan Rodgers’ side are second in the Premier League, behind leaders Arsenal on goals scored, after winning five of their opening seven matches, and their start has raised the prospect of a serious challenge for a first league title since 1990.

But Gerrard insisted the main focus was on a return to the Champions League, a competition Liverpool have not played in since December 2009.

The 33-year-old told Liverpool’s official website: “I’d never say never about our chances of winning the Premier League title. But if I’m being honest, that’s not the aim. The aim is for a top-four place.”

Gerrard will lead England into their final World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley on Tuesday, knowing victory will secure a place at next year’s finals in Brazil.

Roy Hodgson’s side were lifted by Friday’s 4-1 win over Montenegro at Wembley, and Gerrard is optimistic. He said: “The result [against Montenegro] will give us a huge lift, and it’s good for confidence going into the final game.

“But the message is that the job’s half done. Poland are a very good team. They’re going to come and do us no favours, like Montenegro, and try to make it really difficult for us. “It’s important that we perform to the same level as on Friday night.”


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