STEVEN GERRARD has declared himself refreshed and ready to spearhead Liverpool’s pursuit of success under new boss Brendan Rodgers.
The Anfield skipper has joined up with the squad in Boston after four weeks off following Euro 2012 and trained yesterday.
Gerrard won’t be involved in tonight’s friendly with Roma at Fenway Park but has his sights set on next Thursday’s Europa League qualifying round tie against either FK Renova from Macedonia or FC Gomel of Belarus.
“It’s great to be here in Boston and it’s an exciting new era for the players,” Gerrard said.
“We’ve been looking in from our holidays and hearing what the manager is saying and what his vision is.
“All we can do is give him our full support and work as hard as we can to make his job a bit easier.
“The Boston Red Sox are such a big team out here and so are Liverpool in England. The challenge for the owners is to try to make both successful at the same time.
“I can only speak on behalf of Liverpool Football Club and promise the owners we will give everything we have got to bring as much success to the owners as possible.
“We started that last year with two big cup finals. We won one and last one, so there is a platform there for this team to grow and improve.
“With a new manager and new coaching staff, it’s an exciting time and I’m really looking forward to bringing more success to this club.
“I just need to get my legs going again and try to stay fit. After two friendlies we’re straight into the Europa League. I am really looking forward to that and will hopefully play some part.”
Tonight’s game at Fenway Park, where the players trained yesterday, is a 37,000 sell-out and Gerrard believes that’s testament to the support the club boasts around the globe.
“This is an iconic stadium and I’m slightly disappointed I’m not going to be involved,” he said.
“I would nothing better than to play against Roma in a fantastic stadium in front of a lot of Liverpool supporters who don’t get many chances to share some time with us.
“It’s no surprise to me we will have so many fans here. I know this club inside out and we have got the best support in the world. That isn’t me being biased, it’s a fact. They travel all over the world to get to games and spend an awful lot of money. They are fanatical in the support they give the players and the manager. We are very honoured to have that support.”
Gerrard was also asked if he could offer any advice for the struggling Red Sox whose form in Major League Baseball has dipped alarmingly.
“There have been times in my career with Liverpool when things haven’t been rosy,” he added.
“The message is to keep working hard and things turn around.
“Sport isn’t just about highs, it’s about lows as well. And sometimes the lows help you to get back to the highs.”