Gerrard: We can handle pressure

Gerrard reckons they are genuine contenders for the Premier League title and will not crumble under the pressure in the race.

The 28-year-old “After our win over Manchester United I lost my place. Everyone wants to play and it is no fun sitting on the bench or playing just a few minutes.

“I’m part of the rotation but I hope in the next few months it will change.”

He added: “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.”