Steven Gerrard insists that he is past the Chelsea slip and is in a positive frame of mind for the upcoming World Cup.
The England captain is geared for the upcoming World Cup and has said that he is over the costly slip he made against Chelsea, which ultimately became the difference between Liverpool and the title. The 33 year also said that he was proud of the Liverpool camp, who had a lot of positives to take away from the campaign.
“I know everyone wants to know what frame of mind I’m in after the slip that happened to me against Chelsea,” he said.
“I’m over it. It’s gone. I can’t change it, but of course I was disappointed in it from a personal point of view. The title slipping away from Liverpool with three games to go was a blow. But you’ve also got to look at the positives as well having Champions League football back, finishing second in what is the most difficult league in the world. I can’t just focus on one mistake I made over 38 games.
Gerrard said that he was in a good frame of mind, that the preparations for the tournament were going well and he and the rest of the camp were looking forward to it
“I’m in a good frame of mind. Everyone’s starting to get really excited and looking forward to the tournament getting started.
“This is the important part, the preparation, making sure you get into peak condition. You try and find your form before that very important game against Italy.”
The Liverpool captain also spoke highly of the youngsters going to the competition, especially about 19 year old Liverpool winger Raheen Sterling
“I was very pleased for Raheem,” he said. “It is always important being an experienced player that you have good young attacking talent in the squad. That you have that no fear and that you are cable to surprise a few out there in Brazil.
“I think the stage is set for Raheem. He has no pressure on him at all. The pressure falls on the experienced players. It’s very exciting. The managers have picked a good mix of players; good experienced players who have been around the block and young players who have had terrific seasons.”
“We want the likes of Raheem, Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw to just go there and enjoy it and keep doing what they’ve been doing for their clubs. He hasn’t picked them because he wants young players on the squad but he’s picked them because they are good enough and because they’ve shown excellent form throughout the Premier League games. They are here because they are very talented. They are here on merit.”
The midfielder said that just because there were 5 Liverpool players in the England squad does not mean that England would adopt the Reds style of play.
We can’t play the Liverpool way. We are here to play the England way. The way that Roy Hodgson, Gary Neville and Ray Lewington want us to play.
“I’m very proud to have so many team-mates around, it tells me that as a group for Liverpool we’ve done very well.”