Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has expressed just how vital Champions League is to him and the club.
The 33 year old has his testimonial today against Olympiakos at Anfield after a super, loyal career on Merseyside.
The England skipper had got used to playing Champions League football and competing at the top of the Premier League but has seen that slip away in recent seasons.
The Merseyside-born midfielder has vowed to help Liverpool return to those glory days before he retires in a few years’ time.
Gerrard knows that the fans will stay loyal until the club get back in the top four.
“While I’ve still got a couple of years left – and maybe a few more who knows – I have to make the most of it,” Gerrard told ITV Sport.
“And that is about adding more medals to what I already have and to leave this club in the Champions League. That is the challenge for me personally.
“It is not the same club (I joined) because we are not in the Champions League, so it becomes an awful lot more difficult to attract the top players.
“But I think the club’s history and size – we’ve just been on a tour which has seen us play in front of nearly a quarter of a million people in 10 days – means the pull is still here.
“We need to break back into the top four to get back the pull we had four or five years ago when we were comfortably in the Champions League year in, year out and challenging to win it.
“Players who come and get the club back into the Champions League will experience some of the biggest nights of their career, because playing European football in front of this crowd is different to any other.”
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