Date: 30th July 2014 at 2:34pm
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Steven Gerrard has vowed to bounce back from the disappointments suffered at the end of last season for both club and country, reports Liverpoolfc.com.

The skipper came agonisingly close to guiding the Reds to a first Premier League title last term, only to see his side miss out by two points over the final fortnight of the season.

Then came international disappointment, as England crashed out of the group stage of the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Gerrard has since retired from international duty in order to focus entirely on club matters, and insists he is ready to bounce back when the 2014-15 campaign gets underway.

Gerrard said: “You get a support network around you of the people you are close to. That’s been the case since day one – people who have watched me since before I made my debut. They are always there for me. They always will be.

“I also have an unbelievable manager who is brilliant with me.

“The level I play at for Liverpool and England means it can be a cruel game. It’s not always going to be celebrations, smiles, highs and winning things and stuff like that.

“When you’re fighting for things at this level there are always going to be downs and heartbreaks and disappointments, and the last three months have been a massive disappointment.

 “If you are a Liverpool player and a Liverpool fan, you give it everything you have got every time you go out to try and be successful. It is not always going to be great. You have to go through tough times.

“Unfortunately, I have had that tough time at club level at the end of the season and then I have gone into a World Cup hoping that it was going to go really well to help me get over it. But it backfired.

“I have had two massive unbelievable lows in a short space of time, so it is a good test for me this season. Can I hit form after that? I believe that I can.”