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Reds skipper hungry for ‘those nights’

Stevie G hopes for the best possible finish

By | 24th October 2011

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits that the lack of Champions League football at Anfield in recent times have left an empty feeling within everyone at the club and has vowed to give his all to bring those nights back to Merseyside.

Gerrard returned to the Reds starting line-up with a bang as his well-struck free-kick punished Ryan Giggs’ poor positioning in the Manchester United wall during the two rivals’ 1-1 draw nine days ago.

He followed that up by another starting appearance in Saturday’s 1-1 stalemate against Norwich City but acknowledging that his side is not making the most of their ability to focus exclusively on the domestic front, Gerrard has urged his teammates to hit the top gear.

“Getting back in the top four is a priority, but I wouldn’t say it’s our only priority. Bringing those European nights back to Anfield is what we all want,” Gerrard acknowledged in an interview at Liverpool’s official website.

He added: “Some of the best nights of my career have been in the Champions League and I want to experience a few more before I eventually hang up my boots.

“It’s difficult to watch it on TV on a Tuesday or Wednesday night knowing we are not involved. Everyone here is striving to get back there and the sooner it happens the better.”

At 31, it is understandable for Gerrard to play more Champions League football as quickly as possible but the skipper believes that treating the Carling Cup with the same level of anticipation on midweek nights could guide the Reds to some much-needed silverware.

The midfielder explained: “There is no European football so you can afford to focus more on the Carling cup. We haven’t done well in any of the cups domestically since 2006.

“It’s time we gave the fans a bit of excitement again. They deserve it and there would be nothing better than going to Wembley. That would be fantastic for everyone.

“Because we are only involved in three competitions we have to focus on all of them.”

The Reds face a tricky test away from home in the Carling Cup when they visit Stoke City at Britannia, a challenge they lost 1-0 in the Premier League earlier this season.

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