Steven Gerrard says next four weeks could define Liverpool's season

Steven Gerrard: Crucial period for Liverpool

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Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool's hopes of Champions League qualification hinge on the next four weeks.

Sunday's 3-2 win over West Ham ensured the Reds reduced the gap to fourth place to just four points.

Liverpool face Aston Villa, Fulham, Stoke, QPR and Sunderland over the next four weeks, and Gerrard believes they must capitalise on the momentum they have started to generate.

"We're building slowly towards where we want to be," Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo. "We've got two home games now against Aston Villa and Fulham.

"If we can capitalise and make it 12 points out of 12 then we will find ourselves a lot closer to fourth.

"It's a platform to build on. We just have to focus on Villa now. Come the end of December we're really looking to be close to that fourth position."

Steven Gerrard

"It's a platform to build on. We just have to focus on Villa now. Come the end of December we're really looking to be close to that fourth position."

Liverpool scored more than two goals for only the third time this season at Upton Park, without suspended top-scorer Luis Suarez.

"I think before the game people were doubting us and thinking we would be a bit toothless in the final third without our top striker," said Gerrard.

"But we've gone away from home, scored three goals and got the three points.

"We showed a lot of character and determination to come back like that.

"Every win does a lot for the group and we did it without not only our top scorer but one of the top scorers in the Premier League."

Gerrard also singled out Glen Johnson for praise after his superb strike put Liverpool ahead, only for a contentious Mark Noble penalty and Gerrard's own goal to give West Ham the advantage.

"It was a special goal from Glen and he's a player in form," said Gerrard.

"He's been fantastic for us since the start of the season. It's no shock to me. I play for Liverpool and England with him.

"His consistency levels, and not just this season but for a long time now, have been very good.

"He's certainly up there with the best right-backs in the world."

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