Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is determined to bring Champions League football back to Anfield. 

He has also warned his team that the club they will struggle to attract the top players without it. 

The midfielder is trying his hardest to talk Luis Suarez out of a move away from the club, with last season's top scorer making no secret of the fact he wants to be playing in Europe's premier club competition.

With reports of a possible move to Arsenal making the headlines in recent weeks, Gerrard conceded that the club will continue to face this kind of problem if they continue to finish outside the Premier League's top four. 

Gerrard told Sky Sports: "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.

"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.

"I think the only person who knows what's happening is Luis himself," said the England captain. 

"He has a huge decision to make and, as his team-mate, I have to show him respect and give him space to make whatever decision he wants to make."

Gerrard, who faced a similar dilemma earlier in his career when he could have moved to Chelsea, feels it is vital that Suarez stays if the club are to make a genuine push this season.

"But I think everyone knows how highly I rate him and how much I want him to stay, and what we can achieve this season basically depends on whether he stays or goes, I believe.

"It is not the same club I joined because we are not in the Champions League." 

Steven Gerrard.

"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. 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.

The 33-year-old is set for an emotional weekend as his testimonial takes place on Saturday when Olympiakos travel to Anfield to honour the Liverpool skipper.

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