Gerrard admits Champions League envy

Liverpool captain Sreven Gerrard has admitted that he felt slightly jealous of the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United during his side’s absence from the Champions League, writes BBC Sport.

After five years away from playing in Europe’s premier competition, Liverpool take on Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield on Tuesday evening. The match also represents a first taste of the Champions League for manager Brendan Rodgers as well as several members of the playing staff.

But Gerrard, a winner in 2005 and a runner-up in 2007, has revealed that it has been difficult watching their Premier League rivals play in the Champions League in recent seasons. He said: “There has almost been a jealousy and an envy that we weren’t involved. I’ve been craving it. Everyone is looking forward to hearing that music.

“Watching the likes of Chelsea and Man United in it when we were finishing outside the top four was tough. I’m just glad it’s finally here. It’s reward for all the hard work last season. We need to enjoy it but we’re not in it to make the numbers up. We want to do as well as we can.”

The Reds, who qualified as a result of finishing second in the Premier League last season, are in Group B, which also contains defending champions Real Madrid and Basel, champions of Switzerland.

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