There’s not many things Steven Gerrard will regret when he looks back on his illustrious career upon finally hanging up his boots, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t points where he wasn’t envious of the successes of other teams.
The midfielder, who recently stepped down as England captain, has spent all of his years as a professional footballer wearing the red of Liverpool, despite the fact he’s never been able to clinch the Premier League title with them.
And, though it’s long been considered on Merseyside that Gerrard is virtually a saint, the legendary playmaker has admitted that it was tough to watch the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in seasons past, particularly when the Reds were struggling.
Liverpool's Champions League bow
Liverpool will make a return to Champions League football tonight against Bulgarian minnows Ludogrets, having been absent from the competition for five years, after finishing second in the Premier League last term.
Whilst Brendan Rodgers may not have the raw firepower of Luis Suarez at his disposal he can boast a wealth of other attacking talents, including former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli and England hot-shot Raheem Sterling, who is sure to have been earmarked as Liverpool’s danger man.
That being said the Reds will be forced to play current European champions Real Madrid twice as they look to navigate their way to the knockout rounds, with FC Basel being their other fixture.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side haven’t got off to a flying start this season, having lost two of their opening three games in La Liga, but the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will certainly be used as a measuring stick to judge just how far Liverpool can go this campaign.
Moving onto the transfer front it would seem that Barcelona star Pedro Rodriguez isn’t so far away from an Anfield move as otherwise might have been assumed. Following the arrival of Suarez at the Nou Camp Pedro looks to be out in the cold, and recent reports have suggested he will listen to offers from both Liverpool and Arsenal.
The Spain international has proven over the years that he's more than capable of competing at the highest level, but that doesn't seem to be enough to cut the mustard in Luis Enrique's squad. The new Catalan coach is intent on enforcing his own imprint on the squad and, with Suarez having cost £75 million, he's virtually guaranteed to start.