Gerrard - Blips inevitable

18 September 2009 11:16
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Steven Gerrard believes that Liverpool's title rivals will all endure difficult moments this season.[LNB] Rafa Benitez's Reds got off to a slow start this term, losing two of their opening three fixtures.[LNB]They have, however, bounced back in style and have won their last three in all competitions.[LNB]There is now a renewed air of optimism around Anfield that this could be the year their long wait for a top-flight title comes to an end. [LNB]Liverpool's cause will undoubtedly be helped by the fact that their strongest side contains no players set for African Cup of Nations duty in January, while a number of their Premier League counterparts will lose key men at a crucial stage of the season.[LNB]Long seasonChelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal will all see their numbers shorn in the New Year, with the tournament in Africa set to take place between January 10-31.[LNB]England international Gerrard feels that situation could play into Liverpool's hands, with the Reds having already got a domestic wobble out of the way.[LNB]"Everyone will have blips and some of the teams lose important players with the African Nations," he told the Reds' official website.[LNB]"It's a long season, there are a lot of games and a lot of football to be played yet.[LNB]"Chelsea, Tottenham and City have got off to good starts but there is a long way to go before you start predicting who will be up there at the end."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports