Steven Gerrard desperate to regain Champions League spot

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted his desperation for his side to have qualified for the Champions League last season.

The 34-year-old has many fond memories of the competition - the main one being when he lifted the trophy in 2005, after the Reds beat AC Milan on penalties following an epic 3-3 draw.

However, the five-time champions had failed to qualify for the competition for the past five seasons, instead either competing in the Europa League or not being in a European competition altogether.

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Speaking earlier this summer to NBC, Gerrard expressed his desire to play in the competition one last time. He said: "When you watch the Champions League and you're not involved there's jealousy and envy seeing other players play on the big stage and that Champions League music.

"Because of the experiences I've had and gained over the years, I was so desperate to taste it again, even if it was just one more time."

Nonetheless, Liverpool finishing second in the Premier League last season guaranteed them a spot once again to compete against Europe's elite clubs.

Good draw 

The Reds have been drawn in Group B alongside current champions Real Madrid, Swiss champions Basel and Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad.

Considering the Merseyside club were in pot three - due to their lack of Champions League football in recent years - they got drawn a decent group and Liverpool fans are hopeful they can qualify.

Potentially, Liverpool could have drawn a disastrous group that included Real Madrid, Borrusia Dortmund from pot two and AS Roma from pot four.

However, Brendan Rodgers' side have been lucky.

Despite them not expecting to top the group, many believe it finishing second should be the outcome. 

Strength to squad

Rodgers has done extremely well when it comes to buying new recruits this summer. The likes of Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Alberto Moreno are all solid purchases who had quality to the Liverpool side.

They also add depth - it seems that the Northern Irishman has like-for-like in every position and the squad should be strong enough to be competitive both domestically and in Europe.

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