Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has claimed Steven Gerrard should leave Liverpool if he is to fulfil his ambitions of winning the Premier League title.
The Anfield captain has won an enviable array of honours during his time on Merseyside – including the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and Super Cup – but a Premier League winners medal still eludes him.
And Eriksson has insisted that the England international will not achieve that goal with the current Liverpool squad.
The Swede told The Sun: “I don’t begrudge a good guy like Steven winning the Premier League.
“But maybe he needs to change clubs if he wants to win that title.
“Steven Gerrard is Mr Liverpool and he has won the Champions League, FA Cup, Super Cup and League Cup with them.
“The question is whether he will ever win a Premier League title? As things look now, absolutely not,” Eriksson declared.
Eriksson, who once enjoyed a spell in the Premier League with Manchester City, did concede that should the right steps be taken a Premier League crown may not be too far away from Anfield.
“A lot of things have to change at Liverpool for that [the Premier League title] to happen,” he continued.
“The owners have to pump in more money and buy the right players.
“Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing have been expensive signings but have not been a success.
“When I look at their team I see just three world-class players – Gerrard, Pepe Reina and Luis Suarez.
“Both my dad and I have been Liverpool fans since the club’s heyday in the 1980s but the Liverpool we see today are far from the top level.
“They simply cannot lose 3-0 to a team like West Brom. It is too bad.”