Steven Gerrard eyes successful Champions League return

Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (R) celebrates scoring a penalty against Tottenham on August 31, 2014
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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says that the Reds will not be making up the numbers on their return to the Champions League.

Steven Gerrard has fired a warning to Liverpool's Champions League rivals by claiming that the Reds plan on enjoying a respectable return to the competition.

The Anfield club are back among Europe's elite after a five-year absence, having finished second in the Premier League last season.

However, Gerrard says that his teammates have no intention of simply making up the numbers as their captain envisages a successful comeback.

"We can't wait to get going," he told talkSPORT. "It's so exciting. We worked really hard last year to get into the top four and now we get rewarded for that by being in the Champions League this season.

"We're not there to make the numbers up though, we want to do well and get as far as we can. It's going to be tough. There are some fantastic teams in it.

"You are almost jealous and envious of the players who have been playing in it over the years, when we've missed out. It's very important we stay in it as well next season."

Brendan Rodgers's side were paired with reigning champions Real Madrid in the group stage, along with Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad, whom they face on Tuesday in gameweek one.

How far can Liverpool reach in the Champions League?

Group Stage
Last 16
Quarters
Semi
Final
Group Stage
10.9%
Last 16
8.7%
Quarters
23.9%
Semi
17.4%
Final
39.1%
Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard of Liverpool prepare to re-start following the the first goal by Milan during the UEFA Champions League Final match on May 23, 2007
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