By FOX SPORTS Staff
Liverpool made a dismal start to this season under new manager Brendan Rodgers, picking up only 13 points from their first 10 Premier League games, but they have picked up the pace in recent games and fought back to earn a credible 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.
The Reds more than matched the expensively assembled Chelsea team, boasting the likes of Eden Hazard, Fernando Torres and Oscar, as Rodgers' attempts to implement an attractive brand of passing football appears to have finally come to fruition.
Gerrard admits his side still have some way to go before being able to be considered genuine title contenders, but the Liverpool captain is nonetheless pleased with how much the Reds have improved and has challenged his team-mates to finish ahead of arch-rivals Everton this season.
"We're taking huge strides forward - it's going to take time," Gerrard was quoted as saying by the official Liverpool website.
"There's been a lot of change throughout the season but we're taking strides forward.
"What we've got to try to avoid is making slip-ups like West Brom at home and Southampton away. If we can avoid those slip-ups we'll find consistency.
"We've got to look at the next game, which is Newcastle - a very tough game. Here at Liverpool, we'll try to win them all and see where we finish.
"We've got Everton above us at the moment, there's no bigger incentive being a Liverpool player than to try to get above them as well."
Gerrard also credited Rodgers and striker Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool's vastly improved display against Chelsea in the second half of Sunday's clash.
"He [Rodgers] demanded a reaction," Gerrard added.
"Sturridge made a hell of a difference, if he's in that type of form he's unstoppable and his performance gave the team a lift.
"The atmosphere was superb in the second half and on chances created we deserved at least a draw out of the game.
"I don't think the atmosphere was flat before the interval, the team was. Sometimes when we play at home it's down to the team to lift the crowd. We need to take the responsibility for being flat in the first half.
"In the second half, when they saw that we were prepared to give them a reaction, they got right behind us. I thought we were very unlucky not to win the game."
Liverpool are currently seventh in the table on 51 points, four points behind sixth-placed Everton.