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Gerrard moves to calm talk of Liverpool title win

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits the team's fine start to the campaign has raised hopes of a first league championship since 1990, but has asked fans not to get too carried away.

Rafael Benitez's tam lie second in the Premier League table, level on points with leaders Chelsea and eight points ahead of champions Manchester United - who have played one less game - and nine ahead of Arsenal.

The Reds enjoyed a 2-1 home triumph over United in September and last month ended Chelsea's 86-match unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 victory.

However, Gerrard - who misses England's friendly in Germany on Wednesday night with a leg injury - knows there is a long way to go before the destination of the silverware will be determined.

When asked about talk of Liverpool being genuine title contenders, he told Champions magazine: ''It's nice but it raises expectations.''

''It's important to stay humble. We know we're a good team, we know we're getting closer to a title challenge - we can say that. But we've got to prove we can stay in the race to the end.

''I can understand why people are saying it. We've gone down a couple of times by goals, we haven't given up and we've managed to turn games around. So now they're saying we've got title credentials.''

The 28-year-old is more than used to dealing with pressure situations, though, having spent his entire professional career at Anfield.

''It's Liverpool Football Club. You've got to expect that and deal with it. Every single game we play there is pressure to win,'' he added. ''I've lived with it since I broke into the first team. But even more so now because the wait for the bread and butter is getting longer.''

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