Steven Gerrard Tells Everyone Involved With Liverpool: Calm Down, We've Got Time To Get It Right

Anfield revolution cannot happen overnight...
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has urged everyone attached to the club to stay optimistic and not be downhearted at the team's recent run of poor results.

Roy Hodgson's side exited the League Cup on Wednesday evening, losing on penalties to League Two side Northampton Town at Anfield.

With league form also not great, there looks to be a tricky time ahead for the Reds, but Gerrard insists it is vital not to panic.

"There's a bit of doom and gloom about that goes with a few negative results," Gerrard told The Daily Mirror.

"We've had them against Manchester United and going out against Northampton. But we've only had one seventh of the season, so it's crazy to panic.

"The important thing is to stay together. Two or three good, positive results will change the mood, lifts the cloud and then everyone will be looking forward again.

"I don't think you can judge your position in the league until you've played 10 or 12 games. Yeah, we have five points and have already lost a couple of games, but if we string three wins together in this league, you're back in there for the European places.

"Let's just take a deep breath and assess the situation 10 or 12 games in."

Gerrard maintains that the effects of the positive changes at Anfield will take some time to appear.

"Of course it's been a tough week," added Gerrard, "but I'm looking at the big picture. There has been a change of manager, a change of coaching staff, also physical as well as technical and it's going to take time to get the new ideas and methods over to the lads.

"So the message from me to the Liverpool supporters and the people out there is just be patient a bit longer and I'm sure the picture will brighten up in the coming weeks."

The England skipper acknowledged that a title bid might be out of reach this season, though he did not rule it out completely, and claimed that a top four finish was always this campaign's real aim.

"A realistic target is to try to get back in the top four. Winning the title, of course, is a possibility because there's a chance it can happen," he said.

"But realistically, our focus is to finish in the top four.

"If we finish first, second or third, fantastic, great, and we certainly won't give up on that, we'll fight all the way to the end.

"But at the start of the season, you have targets and from a realistic point of view, after finishing seventh last season, our target was always to get back in the top four."

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