Liverpool can cope with Champions League demands, says Sterling

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has insisted that his side can cope with the demands of balancing the Champions League with their domestic football, reports the club’s official website.

Many have questioned Liverpool’s title credentials this season due to their participation in Europe, and the lack of depth in their squad. The doubts have continued after they slipped to a third defeat from their opening five Premier League games against West Ham United on Saturday – the first time this season that a league match had followed a European outing.

But Sterling, who scored the Reds’ consolation in the 3-1 reverse at Upton Park, believes that their extra workload in Europe is not an excuse for poor league form. He said: “We can’t use playing in the Champions League as an excuse because there are other teams in the Premier League doing exactly the same as us who are winning games.

“What it means now is that after the second recovery day after a game we’re straight back into another game. That’s the way it’s going to be this season and that’s something we need to get used to. We’ve got the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen to come back from injury but we should be winning games with the players we’ve got out on that pitch. We need to get back to basics and start winning games again.”

Runners-up in the Premier League last season, Liverpool face rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday, before a trip to Switzerland to take on Basel.

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