Gerrard: We will recover from cup humiliation

LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard has pleaded with dejected supporters to keep the faith despite the Reds’ humiliating Carling Cup exit to Northampton Town.

Wednesday’s penalty shoot-out defeat to the League Two outfit at Anfield marked a new low in Roy Hodgson’s brief but troubled tenure as manager. But Gerrard insists they will improve on their tally of just five points from five Premier League games if given time.

“What I would ask all the supporters is to trust the players and what the players are saying,” said the England midfielder. “I’ve been reading and listening to what they’ve been saying and they’ve all said we’ll get it right in the end – and we will.

“Football isn’t just about highs. Throughout my career I have experienced both highs and lows and probably learnt more from the lows because you look at what went wrong and try to learn from your mistakes.”

Gerrard and the rest of Hodgson’s first team were rested against Northampton but are set to return on Saturday to face Sunderland.

“The players are allowed to be down today but it’s up to players like myself to pick them
back up,” he added. “Playing for this club there are big games every two or three days and we need to get everyone’s head focused on Sunderland now.”