Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard admits that a fear of failure is what fuels his Premier League title ambitions.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed an illustrious career, having won the Champions League, the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup and two League Cup trophies in his ten years with the Reds.
Besides international honours the glaring gap in his trophy cabinet is a Premier League winner’s medal. Gerrard says he aims to rectify this before his career is over.
“My priority is to win the Premier League. We believe we are good enough to challenge,” he told the Daily Express.
“Everyone wants it so badly here. I want it because I have never won it and I don’t want to finish my career without one.
“I don’t want to finish my career and people look at me as a failure.”
The Reds are competitively poised, sitting level on points with rivals Chelsea. Gerrard admits this is relatively new territory for the club in recent years, having last won the title 18 years ago.
“Getting involved in the title race and staying involved in it is a completely different challenge to what we are used to at Liverpool.
“To finish in the top four you can have a defeat and it does not hit you too bad.
“Two successive defeats in the title race and it could be over. But we are in there and everybody wants to make sure that’s the case at the end of the season.”