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Thursday 16 August 2018

STEVEN Gerrard believes that Liverpool have to make the most of their return to the Champions League by making a serious go of winning the tournament.

STEVEN Gerrard believes that Liverpool have to make the most of their return to the Champions League by making a serious go of winning the tournament.

The Reds are back in Champions League action tonight, facing Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield, and Gerrard has set the club a minimum target of making the last eight.

"It's the best competition to play in at club level. There's a hole there when you are out of it," said the Reds captain.

"Maybe you forget how lucky you are when you are consistently getting to the latter stages and popping up in finals. It was such an unbelievable achievement.

"But I've got confidence that might not be too far away if the owners continue to back Brendan Rodgers. I've got a lot of confidence in Brendan and the squad.

"I'll put it another way, if we go out in the group stages, or the last 16, we will be majorly, majorly disappointed.

"We want to progress. We want to go as far as we can. This can't be a one-off. This isn't a reward for finishing second last year. I don't see it as a reward.

"This is where Liverpool should be - and should be consistently. It's the responsibility of me and the players to give it our best crack. It is important that we have got the Champions League next year as well," added Gerrard.

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