Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard knows time is running out for him to end his career-long search for a league title but remains hopeful it is not an impossible quest. Title dream: Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard (Picture: EPA) The 32-year-old is confident of playing on beyond the end of his current contract, which expires at the end of next season, but accepts the odds are against him to win the league. However, having won every other major club honour since making his debut for his hometown club in 1998 it is not in Gerrard’s nature to give up on winning the Premier League. Speaking ahead of tonight’s Europea League tie with Udinese at Anfield, the midfielder said: ‘It is not easy and it is a frustration but it is life, it is football. This is a very hard league to win and there are some fantastic teams about. ‘There are thousands of other players in this league who have not achieved what I have achieved so I suppose they are in a similar position to me saying to themselves “I haven’t got a European Cup” – I’ve played in two European Cup finals. ‘I’m not really one who looks back, I look forward, and I am never going to give up fighting for the title. ‘But I’m realistic about where the team is at the moment and how much hard work and improvement needs to be done if we are to compete for it. ‘Have I got the time on my side? No. Is it impossible? No. Let’s just see how the next two or three years go. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will be able to call on midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for tonight’s clash. Shelvey is serving a domestic ban after his red card in the Premier League defeat to Manchester United but can play in European matches. Joe Cole could make his first-team return after a hamstring injury, but the match looks to have come too soon for injured trio Jose Enrique, Martin Kelly and Lucas Leiva.
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