Steven Gerrard is desperate for Champions League success this year…
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is ‘desperate’ to taste Champions League football again, after going four years without playing in the competition.
Gerrard, who inspired Liverpool to European glory in 2005 against AC Milan, says his team are aiming ‘to win every competition’ they enter this year, while his coach Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he wants to win his first trophy as the club’s manager this season.
Liverpool host Bulgarian champions Ludogorets in two weeks’ time, and Gerrard is quoted in the Daily Mail, talking about his long-awaited return to the competition.
“When you watch the Champions League and you’re not involved there’s a jealousy and envy seeing other players play on the big stage and hearing that Champions League music,” Gerrard said.
“You are competing against the best players in Europe and it is the number one competition in the world to play in. It is the trophy every player dreams of winning and because of the experience I have gained over the years I was so desperate to taste it again, even if it was just one more time.”
It’s now approaching ten years since Liverpool’s famous comeback in Istanbul. Trailing 3-0 at half-time to a Milan team that included the likes of Andriy Shevchenko, Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo and Kaka, Gerrard’s headed goal early in the second-half helped inspire his team.
The Anfield club would go on to win the game 3-2 on penalties, with Gerrard lifting the famous trophy for the fifth time in the club’s history.
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