Gerrard wants quality additions

02 June 2009 10:41
Steven Gerrard is confident Liverpool can win the Premier League next season, providing they can add quality additions to Rafa Benitez's Anfield ranks.

The England midfielder, speaking ahead of his country's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan, was keen to be reunited with his international team-mate Gareth Barry at club level.

However, despite Liverpool's strong pursuit of Barry last season, Manchester City completed a swiftly concluded £12million swoop for the Aston Villa man on Tuesday.

Gerrard believes Liverpool should be looking for players "of Gareth's standard" and added: "He is English and you need English players at your club now."

HurtingLiverpool's captain is hurting at the club's failure to win a trophy during the 2008/09 campaign but believes a few more quality players could end the wait to take the Premier League title.

Gerrard reflected on Liverpool's battle with United for league glory, which the Red Devils won.

Gerrard said: "Has the season been a success or failure at club level? I think failure is a bit strong but you've got to be realistic and look at the big picture.

"We've finished the season without a trophy which hurts. But from a Liverpool point of view, a lot of progress has been made.

"We are getting really close to becoming champions. Our next two or three signings as far as we are concerned are crucial to push on and try and go one better than this year.

"I am certainly not sitting here proud of not winning a trophy."

Gerrard would like more players of the quality of striker Fernando Torres to arrive at Liverpool.

Torres qualityHe said: "How do we go to the next step? Get more players of Torres' level. He is a massive player for us. You saw the impact he made in his first season and how good he has been when fit this year.

"If we can keep Torres fit, and had a little bit more quality to our squad, we can become champions.

"Manchester United won the league because they had that spark coming off the bench, that little bit more strength in depth."

Source: SKY_Sports