Liverpool FC skipper Steven Gerrard focusing on Champions League qualification next season

10 December 2009 08:08
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STEVEN GERRARD today promised Liverpool will atone for their Champions League debacle by making sure they qualify for next year's tournament.

A makeshift Reds' side created an unwanted piece of club history last night when a 2-1 defeat against Fiorentina meant it was the first time they had sustained back-to-back European defeats at Anfield.

It was a gloomy end to a miserable European campaign and one that means they will not be seeded when the draw for the Europa League's round of 32 takes place in Nyon a week tomorrow.

Skipper Gerrard admitted Liverpool haven't been good enough but he is confident a squad which now has star striker Fernando Torres fit again and Alberto Aquilani up and running can salvage the situation - starting against Arsenal on Sunday.

'Financially it is very important for the club and having experienced the Champions League for such a long time, I'm desperate to play in it,' said Gerrard.

'We had gone six games unbeaten and it was a shame that we lost this one at the end because we wanted to use it as preparation for Sunday.

'But we will be right up for Arsenal; if we can get three points there and take it into the Wigan game, I'm sure we can turn that corner.

'If we get our full strength team back and get important people fit, I feel as if we are good enough to get into the top four.

'It's massive to have Fernando back; he's our top scorer, he's our main man and if he stays fit, I'm sure we will move up the league and get in the top four.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo