Liverpool captain says only cash-flood into Stamford Bridge and Etihad has stopped Reds from re-taking league crown — and he’s not ready to give up chase just yet
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You can’t put a price on it, and you don’t get a medal for it: Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have spent their careers at one club
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard knows he could have won a Premier League title if he’d moved away from Anfield — but he also knows it just wouldn’t have counted.
Gerrard has been at the club since the age of nine and although he has had offers to leave — twice turning down Chelsea — he has remained loyal to Liverpool, a decision for which he has been criticised.
“I have no regrets over the decisions I have made,” said the England international at the launch of his new book My Liverpool Story.
“I am really happy I stayed. I am the captain of the club I love and this club means more to me than any other club out there.
“Of course I’d love a Premier League winner’s medal and that may have happened if I’d moved clubs but would that league title mean as much to me as the other trophies I’ve won here?
“It is not easy and it is a frustration but it is life, it is football,” the midfielder said. “This is a very hard league to win and there are some fantastic teams about.
“There are thousands of other players in this league who have not achieved what I have achieved so I suppose they are in a similar position to me saying to themselves ‘I haven’t got a European Cup’ — I’ve played in two European Cup finals.
“I have done an awful lot in the game and yes, the league has eluded me.
“Some of the games I look back on with frustration and regret are the ones we drew at home which cost us the title (in 2008/09 when they finished second, four points behind champions Manchester United).
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“I’m not really one who looks back, I look forward, and I am never going to give up fighting for the title.
“But I’m realistic about where the team is at the moment and how much hard work and improvement needs to be done if we are to compete for it.
“Have I got the time on my side? No. Is it impossible? No. Let’s just see how the next two or three years go.
“I know I am good enough to play in a side to win the league and I know I am a good enough player to win the league but sometimes stuff is out of your control.”
“Money has bought too much power…”
“It is no good us worrying about the power of Chelsea and Manchester City,” said Gerrard, who believes the club is making positive strides since Brendan Rodgers took over in the summer.
“But there is no two ways about it, if there was no Roman Abramovich or the guy (Sheikh Mansour)who bought Manchester City I’d have two or three league titles sitting here now.
“We can’t compete financially so we need to worry about ourselves and be the best we can be and see where we end up.”