By Tariq Saleh
Steven Gerrard has promised Liverpool fans that he will return to his very best form next season and he claims he is desperate to return with a bang for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
Gerrard was sidelined from March until the end of the season and had to watch from the stands as his team-mates ended the season strongly. He was even spotted among the Liverpool fans for their final day fixture away at Aston Villa.
The Liverpool captain underwent surgery on a long standing groin injury in April and with the success of the surgery behind him, Gerrard is now ready for the new season to begin.
In an interview with the official Liverpool website, Liverpoolfc.tv, he said: ”I want to come back with a bang, I want to have a big season.”
“It’s been non-stop football for me since I started when I was 17. I’ve never had a period of more than four or five weeks out of the game, so it’s been nice to rest mentally. You don’t want to miss games but when you’re watching them it gives you that edge, that buzz to get back. I’ll come back hungry and hopefully there’s a very productive season ahead for me.”
Gerrard has also admitted that Liverpool’s aim for the new season is to challenge for the Premier League title. Seeing Manchester United overtake Liverpool with 19 titles has made the Liverpool faithful even more determined to lift the league trophy next season.
Gerrard said: ”As a Liverpool fan and a player it’s frustrating when you see your arch-rivals lifting trophies but you’ve got to give credit where it’s due. They’ve won it, they’ve overtaken us.
“Now the challenge for us is to equalise. We’ve got to make sure we’ve got a squad capable of going into the season and competing with Manchester United.”