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Mar 29, 2014

Gerrard dares to believe in Liverpool title

Steven Gerrard has never won a Premier League title with Liverpool, but with the possibility of being crowned champions becoming more firm with every passing week, the Reds captain is daring to believe.

Steven Gerrard and Liverpool can move into first place by avoiding defeat against Tottenham.

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"I try not to, but don’t get me wrong, [winning the title has] flashed in and out of the mind from time to time," Gerrard told national newspapers.

The closest Liverpool have come to winning during Gerrard's tenure has been second place in 2002 and 2009, and the captain says he's learned to be careful in title races.

"With experience I have learned this can be a ruthless league, and one bad performance or one bad error could lead to a draw or a defeat.

"We have to remain focused and just think about the next game.

"The message is that we have won nothing yet."

Gerrard has won the FA Cup twice, the League Cup three times, the UEFA Cup in 2001, and the Champions League in 2005, but the Premier League has always eluded him.

With fellow title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City dropping points on Saturday, Liverpool have the opportunity to move into first place with at least a draw against Tottenham on Sunday at Anfield.

"It will be a tough game," Gerrard said."Tottenham are one of the strongest sides away from home in the Premier League.

"When they have been getting criticism, it's usually been in front of their own fans when the pressure has been on them. But they are certainly a good team on the road.

"They have had no midweek game so they will be fresh. We are expecting a tough game. We are in the situation now where we have got to win every game.

"It's a cup final mentality, and we have seven to go. We have to go and try win them all."

Liverpool may be taking it game-by-game, but Gerrard said it would be foolish to ignore the excitement of the title race.

"We are in a title race," he continued. "We can't get away from that, we can't deny that as it would just be stupid but from experience I would never get carried away.

"The games are coming thick and fast and there's no time to think, which is a good thing really.

"When you have too much time to think, that's when your mind starts wondering 'what if, what if...'"

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