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Gerrard happy for Liverpool to be written off

Steven Gerrard remains confident that Liverpool can last the distance and take the Premier League title.

Critics are going for the experience of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal to head the table come the end of the season.

"Are we out of the title race? No, we're not," the Reds skipper told the Liverpool Echo.

"If anything, the couple of setbacks we've had lately just make us even more determined to get back on track.

"We're nobody's favourites for the Premier League title but we don't really care. We're in the mix and that's where you want to be.

"We've got a great chance this season - probably the best in my time in the first team - and we believe in ourselves.

"There's a lot of pressure that comes with being in our position but we think we can cope with that. We're confident we can match United and Chelsea stride for stride and then see what happens in the closing stages of the campaign."

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