Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool are already showing signs of improvement under Roy Hodgson - and he hopes to prove it with a four-match winning spree in the coming weeks.
The skipper was speaking after his two goals almost earned the Reds a share of the spoils at Old Trafford on Sunday. The visitors came from two goals behind but had their hopes dashed late on when Dimitar Berbatov completed his hat-trick to make the final score 3-2. Gerrard said: "It's going to take time before the new manager gets his feet in the door and gets his ideas over. "Of course we're improving and the performance was really good. If we play like that every week we'll beat most of the teams in the league. But here we came up against a man in form and he was the difference. "What's done is done and all we need to talk about in the next few days is the games we have got coming up. "We've got a League Cup game against Northampton - and that competition is very important to us - before we play Sunderland next week. "Nobody will be sulking because we want to make sure we go into the next international break next month having won all our games." Despite the defeat, Gerrard is taking several positives from the way he and his teammates went about their business. He said: "When you recover a two-goal deficit at Old Trafford you feel really good and you fancy yourself to hang on in there and get a fantastic point but Berbatov has completed his hat-trick. He was superb and his second goal was world class.
"We're disappointing with the result, disappointed to be going away with nothing but really pleased with how we played. "When you come to Old Trafford it's important to keep the ball otherwise they will control the game, and I think we kept the ball away from them and passed it really well, even though we were a bit edgy in the first half with us being away from home. "In the second half we were more positive and played some terrific stuff, but you get nothing for that. You've got to create chances and score goals. We got two but that wasn't enough." Gerrard's second goal was a free-kick which slid past Darren Fletcher in the wall. The No.8 added: "I saw how he (Edwin van der Sar) set the wall up and the idea was for me to try to get it over. "But you see so many free-kicks where walls break or they go through gaps and if you hit the target you get your reward and I got that."