Liverpool were dumped out of the Champions League group stages on Tuesday nightdespite a 1-0 win over Debrecen in Budapest and have lost five Premier League fixtures in the opening 13 games this season. It is two more defeats than they suffered in the whole of the 2008/09 campaign.
Misery: Gerrard walks past Benitez after being substituted against Debrecen
But despite the poor start to the season, Gerrard, who has recoveredfrom a groin problem and will lead his seventh-placed side into the212th Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday,maintains everyone is still working in unison towards attainingChampions League football next term.
HAVE YOUR SAY. Is Benitez the man to save Liverpool? Liverpool suffered a humiliating early exit from the Champions League on Tuesday night as their season goes from bad to worse. The Reds are already well off the pace in the race for the Barclays Premier League but the board insist he will not be sacked. Is Rafa the man to save the club, or should someone else be brought in? TELL US WHAT YOU THINK The captain told Liverpoolfc.tv: 'We are all aware the season is not going the way we would want it to and we are really disappointed to have gone out of the Champions League.
'We are far from happy with our form in the Premier League as well butthe only way to turn things around is by sticking together.
'We have shown in the past what we can achieve when we sticktogether and if there is one positive about the difficult time we havebeen having, it is that we have all pulled together.
'The manager, the staff and the players are all working as hard aswe can to try and get the improvement we have been looking for.
'Itwill not be easy, as we have given ourselves plenty to do, but we stillhave the confidence and belief that we can finish in the top four.'
Still the main man: Gerrard in action for Liverpool against Debrecen in Budapest
Gerrard believes Liverpool's plight can only improve as the numerous injuries which have plagued their season so far start to ease.
He added: 'Getting some of our injured players back playing regularly will make a big difference and give everyone a boost but the key now is to keep working together.
'We owe it to the club, ourselves and most importantly to our fans, as their support has been magnificent at a time when things have not gone as well as we would all like.'
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