How this season could be the springboard to Steven Gerrard's dream

Steven Gerrard Celebrates

The Premier League title is the only medal that is missing from his club collection.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said that he hasn’t given up on his dream to win the League title with his boyhood club. He has, however, played down the chances of that happening this season, stating that the aim is a place in the top four and Champions League qualification.

Gerrard was quoted in the Liverpool Echo to have said: '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.'

If he does end up adding a Premier League winner's medal to his trophy cabinet, this season could be the pivotal springboard towards doing so.

Liverpool have been without Champions League football since 2009, when they were knocked out of the group stages of the competition in a group containing Lyon and Fiorentina – along with Hungarian side Debrecen.

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Ever since, the side has struggled to return to Europe’s premier competition and has therefore lacked the ability to attract the world class players they require. Granted there have been a few exceptions – notably Luis Suarez – but not enough required to take the Reds towards the summit and match the ambitions of the club’s fans.

But this season the landscape of the Premier League has changed dramatically and this could see an unfamiliar look to the table come May. Three of last season’s top four have a new manager at the helm with Arsenal being the exception – whilst for the first time since Rafa Benitez was manager before the ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett, there seems to a good degree of stability around the club.

Having made a good start to the season – only dropping five points and Arsenal scoring more goals preventing them from sitting at the top of tree, there is a bit of optimism about Liverpool’s chances of making it back into the Champions League.

Gerrard is now 33 and he will know there aren’t going to be many more chances for him to have a shot at the title – if at all. If he is to realise that dream, getting into the Champions League this season is going to be the only way the players required can come into the side. The likes of Diego Costa and Henrikh Mkhitaryan didn’t arrive at Anfield this summer despite the pursuit from Merseyside – but who is to say things wouldn’t have been different if there was Champions League football to offer?

The challenge of getting back into the Champions League is getting harder with each passing season. There is a feeling that if Gerrard’s dream comes true, fourth place is a minimum requirement. It’s deal or bust.

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