Gerrard must quit Liverpool to win Premier League – Eriksson

By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 28th, 2012
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Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has urged Steven Gerrard to quit Liverpool so he can win the Premier League title.

Gerrard has spent his entire career at Liverpool and has enjoyed a degree of success at his boy-hood club; winning two FA Cups, three League Cups, the UEFA Cup, and of course, the 2005 Champions League.

However, the Premier League title has been the one major prize to elude him so far, with Liverpool finishing as runners-up in 2002 and 2009.

Despite the near-misses, Liverpool have fallen behind the leading pack in recent seasons and are not currently considered title contenders, and Eriksson believes the only way Gerrard will win the Premier League is if he moves on to another club.

“I don’t begrudge a good guy like Steven winning the Premier League,” Eriksson said. “But maybe he needs to change clubs if he wants to win that title.

“Steven Gerrard is Mr Liverpool and he has won the Champions League, FA Cup, Super Cup and League Cup with them.

“The question is whether he will ever win a Premier League title? As things look now, absolutely not. A lot of things have to change at Liverpool for that to happen. The owners have to pump in more money and buy the right players.

“Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing have been expensive signings but have not been a success.

“When I look at their team I see just three world-class players — Gerrard, Pepe Reina and Luis Suarez.”

Eriksson added: “Both my dad and I have been Liverpool fans since the club’s heyday in the 1980s but the Liverpool we see today are far from the top level.

“They simply cannot lose 3-0 to a team like West Brom. It is too bad.”

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