STEVEN GERRARD is confident Liverpool now have the right structure in place to challenge for honours again.

The Reds haven’t claimed any silverware since the FA Cup in 2006 and the skipper is desperate to put that right.

“What I can say to the fans is that Liverpool will be back among the trophies sooner rather than later because we are moving in the right direction,” he said.

“We have got fantastic players, the structure of the club is healthy from top to bottom and when that is the case then the team won’t be too far away from winning.

“We will get the championship again but it’s difficult to say when because that adds a lot of pressure to the team.”

Gerrard, who is building up his fitness after groin surgery, insists he’s relishing the prospect of the Reds’ upcoming tour of the Far East.

Liverpool will play in mainland China for the first time when they face Guangdong on July 13 before facing a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur three days later.

“It’s important we go over there and share some time with our fans in China,” he added.

“We love them as much as they love us and it’s important for the club that we keep the relationship strong.

“The lads have already been talking about going over there and hopefully we can play well and win for them.”

Gerrard’s return to action will be a huge boost for the Reds after he missed the final two and a half months of last season.

With Jordan Henderson having already signed up and more new signings set to follow, competition for midfield places is hotting up.

“Whoever I play with, it’s not a problem,” Gerrard said. “We have a lot of good midfielders here. For example, I think Lucas Leiva has been our best player last season.

“Jay Spearing emerged during the last few weeks and Raul Meireles has had a fantastic first season in English football.

“He has put in some great performances and scored some important goals.”

Meanwhile, Reds defender Jamie Carragher admits players suffer from a fear factor when they are playing for England.

The experienced centre-back came out of international retirement when he was selected by Fabio Capello for last year’s World Cup in South Africa.

However, England struggled and were hammered 4-1 by Germany in the last 16 – sparking a torrent of criticism.

“One mistake and you could be absolutely slaughtered,” Carragher said. “At your club, you know you will not be criticised as much and perhaps three days later there will be another game.

“With England, it could be months before you have another fixture. There is a fear at times when playing for England.

“The intensity of the press does get to the players. Sometimes I think players would prefer the press guy to think they had played well, rather than the manager.”

Carragher says boredom was a problem for the squad in South Africa.

“You stay in a hotel all day but you are at a World Cup for a long time and should be able to experience different things,” he said. “I wouldn’t want players holed up. Take away the boredom, embrace the country we are in more. You never see anything.”