Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool have their best chance in recent years of closing the gap on the Premier League title challengers.

The Reds play host to Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon hoping to maintain their perfect start to the new campaign.

And their skipper is confident his team-mates are in good shape to challenge at the top of the table.

“That’s something we have been trying to do for a long time, not just with changes in the summer,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.

“For a long time, the gap between ourselves and United, Chelsea and now Manchester City has been too big.

“Each year we have been trying to close that gap, so really this season isn’t any different in that respect.

“But it does feel slightly different this year. The team spirit is really good and there is a belief within the squad.

“The changes the manager has made during the summer are really positive and hopefully there are still one or two more players to come in.”

United travel to Anfield following a goalless draw at home to Chelsea but Gerrard expects to have to combat the counter-attacking football that saw
Swansea well beaten on the opening weekend.

“United blew Swansea away and played some good stuff on the counter-attack, but against Chelsea on Monday both teams really cancelled each other out,” he added.

“We know it’s going to be a very tough match. I think they’ll come here and probably look to play on the counter-attack again, but we’re at home and
have got to take the game to them.

“Our tails are up. We have won three games in a row, even if with the third one we did it the difficult way.

Confidence is still high, even if the injury situation is not ideal going into such a big game. But we have got a squad that can cope.

“We didn’t get what we deserved from the big games last year. To try and improve on that this season, we have to put in the same effort but learn
to start turning draws into maximum points.”


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