Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard sounds an ominous warning ahead of Norwich City trip

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard wants no let up after moving a step closer a first Premier League title when they head to Norwich City. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. Liverpool's Steven Gerrard wants no let up after moving a step closer a first Premier League title when they head to Norwich City. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:33 AM

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard sounded an ominous warning for Norwich City as he gears up for the biggest month of his stellar career.

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Gerrard is looking to add the Premier League title to his Champions League success at Anfield over the coming weeks after Brendan Rodgers’ side moved two points clear at the top following a stirring 3-2 win over Manchester City.

The 33-year-old powerhouse made an impassioned plea to his team mates on the final whistle not to let their standards drop ahead of a Carrow Road meeting against Neil Adams’ side in a game that carries huge significance at both ends of the table. Gerrard ranks this weekend’s fixture right up there with biggest he has played for the Merseyside giants.

“I feel 21 again, playing with all these top players. It’s probably going to be the biggest month of my career coming up now. I’ll give it everything I’ve got,” he said. “I’m enjoying it, it’s great to play with so many top players. The journey I’ve had all the way through the years, there have been ups and downs. At the moment, I’m loving every minute of it.

“I think that’s the best we’ve played all season. For the first 30 or 35 minutes, we blew the so-called best team in the league away. It could have been three or four. I don’t think 2-0 is ever enough against the top sides in this league. But it’s all about getting the job done, no matter how you do it, and thankfully we got it done in the end.”

Gerrard is doing nothing to downplay the importance of his side’s assignment at Carrow Road, labelling it as big as their famous Champions League triumph in 2005 against AC Milan.

“Every game is getting bigger because we are getting closer to the last game of the season,” he said. “Manchester City was always going to be huge because they are in the race with us but Norwich now become Manhester City. Norwich become Chelsea. Norwich become Manchester United. That’s how big it is. We have got to treat Norwich like we treated AC Milan in 2005. That’s just how football is. We can’t think about what colour shirts Norwich are wearing and the personnel in them. We have got to treat them like the best team in the world.

“We have got to forget where we are and forget what we have done. We have just got to focus and prepare for Norwich now. We have got to treat it like it is the last game of all our careers. That is the mentality. We have been on a magnificent run. We could win 13 on the spin but lose the last one and we won’t get anything. Nobody will remember it. The only way people will remember it is if we go on and win it. Otherwise you get a pat on the back. We’ve all had them but they come and go. What is key as a footballer is getting something to show for all the hard work.”

Gerrard will lead his men into battle after successfully navigating a disciplinary tightrope with last weekend’s fixtures the cut-off point to avoid a two-game suspension for picking up a total of 10 cautions during the season.

“It was tough in the last four games. There were times when I wanted to fire in and steam in to a few tackles,” said Gerrard. “I’ve had to bite my tongue at times. But I think I have played it very well and it hasn’t affected my performances. I was a bit worried at the time when I got the last booking that it would have an effect on me but it hasn’t.”

30 comments

  • we will beat Liverpool , but history will be rewritten . FCCL

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Hi, Fagen. Have you tried retuning? I did that so I could get the much-hyped Mustard TV ( the first item was a newscast about a barn-full of potatoes catching fire), and I think the BillyBob channel kind of slid in with it. It`s only the bog-standard Freeview offering. Like you, I wonder of the whereabouts of Blaffen Wijs. He could share some of the abuse I`ve had recently. His very personal brand of top-of-the-range Smartar$ery is anathema to the Dullards. I like it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Team Talk........You are professional football players. So are they. You go out and do a better job than your opposing player and we will win. Simple as that. Fact is, if you cant out perform them............you are in the wrong league.

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    letsbavinu

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Agree, La Barbe. Only one thing missing - the small matter of goals! Something which we ain't exactly good at!

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Can't get C64 Brew - the nearest I get is C66 Judge Judy on at the moment. Where is our mate Blaaffen ? I popped into his favourite shop, Thorns, yesterday but alas no sign of him. School holidays ?

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • The Wild West meets the Tame East. Orienteering to an Occidental rendezvous..

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Steely Dan, tune in to Channel 64. Pure Billybob stuff. Brilliantly awful. Bonanza! I think it came as a free gift when I got Mustard on CH8. Or vice-versa!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Why are you so afraid of the English language, sharky?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Repeatedly blocked. What is the agenda, here, media mediocrities? I will prevail.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Hi, sharky - so sorry I`m guilty of trying to speak English. But, from the bottom of my heart, I will not apologise. Why are you so afraid of "Oxford English"? Why is the eschewing of knowledge such a `badge of honour`? Red-neck territory. Steely Dan\Fagen, when it comes to decisions in a game `twixt two `Big Boys`, a top man like Battenberg is essential. After all, this is a very special year for Liverpool, as we are repeatedly reminded - 96 times a day or more, Our Kid. Btw, I have discovered a TV channel on Freeview recently. `BonanzaBonanza`. Features... Bonanza, plus gems like The Lone Ranger, The Beverly Hillbillies, Dragnet and The Lucy Show. Wow! This is `Billybob Paradise`. Maybe it came in with Mustard Television when I downloaded that? The Wild West meets the Tame East. Orienteering to an Occidental meeting. Yo!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Just checked that it´s André Marriner who is going to ref the match. Worth betting on a red or what?

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    Yellowfirebird

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Can´t think of a better team in the premiership to win the title. Just don´t do it at Norwich Citys expense.

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    Yellowfirebird

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • If they want to treat us like AC Milan does that mean we get to draw 3-3. I think i might take that.

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    Sumo27

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • This talk from Stevie boy is just part of his job as captain to keep the Scousers and others interested. Fact is that they've had a fantastic winning run, but they'll have a fall sometime and as a Canary supporter I'd love that to happen on Sunday in front of the cameras. OTBC!

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    Honest Injun

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Big club bias has always been there. Ask Swansea. When similar tackles went unpunished. Brew your posts get thrown out because no one understands some of the words you use. Throw the Oxford away.;-)

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    sharky

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • It's just the (understandable) passion and sentiment left over from last Sunday and the Hillsborough memorial. It's been reported in all the football media without even the slightest comment that the match is important to us for very different reasons. Typical 'big club' bias as per usual.

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    Bohnhof

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • The big teams do have a tendency to buy the referees. Happened big time in Italy and Germany and happens here. All marginal decisions will go to the big club when playing a small club.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • We got a point at home to Man C. Why not at least that from Liverpool?

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Like many `neutrals`, I rather wanted Liverpool to win the title this year - overcoming my deep-rooted Scouserphobia in the process. But, if that outcome must be accompanied by sickly lashings of self-pity, I`d rather even Chelsea won it. Or the FA declared the season null & void.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Agree that it must be 100% commitment from fully signed-up players rather than the rent-a-mob and I don't think that we need the "It's been an horrible season, I hope it's soon over" attitude from a certain centerback.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Spot on, la barbe. All the qualities that etiolated under the eldritch shadow of Hugh Trollderwood.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • For me, the key to our last four games is 'total commitment from every player'. We need to chase every ball, harry every opposition player on the ball, take individual responsibility in defence, run unselfishly for others in attack and work our socks off for all of the 90 minutes+ of each game. Never give in, never let the head drop and believe that we are good enough to stay up. Do this and and our destiny is in our own hands and we might have a chance.

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • As despicable a little rat as he is, Suarez is one heck of a player. His record against us is pretty impressive. Predictions on this one will be interesting. Still remember a few victories against them - been a while though. Anything is possible with a bit of ability and right approach. COYY.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Archied. Even trying to say nice things about Gerrard, too. Not The Coypu though - agree with el dingo & Swiss on that. If Battenberg had not been playing to the audience, at Anfield and in `higher places`, Suarez would be suspended for this game.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • The Coypu shouldn`t even be playing. Clattenburg dealt him two "Get out of jail free cards" vs ManC. Good Establishment man, Clattenburg. But they have plenty of other good players. Gerrard is enjoying an Indian Summer now he has colleagues up to his standard - and a manager who knows how to motivate. Perhaps the Eternal Scouser will get a few trophies to match his efforts over the years. How about the World Cup, our kid? Just have a stinker at Carrow Road, please. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Not before he's gone down a few times as if shot by the sniper in Row Z. Hopefully Sunday will be when the Wheel of Karma turns for The Teeth of God.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • I can picture that 'orrible little man celebrating already. Not Gerrard, the South American vampire.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Now that there is no CH to big up the opposition, I see that the job has been passed on ;-) I am not underestimating the size of the task though.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • I don't think Gerrard's words make the game any more ominous than we already knew. It's down to our own players to find it within themselves to match the passion shown by their illustrious visitors and, as Gerrard concludes, "fight until the end." Do that and the result will take care of itself.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Maybe, just maybe, Liverpool are over thinking this. If we can get them on the back foot, they might be vulnerable from a temperament point of view, if not a purely football one. I can hope anyway.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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