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Gerrard: There’s a hole when you don't play in the Champions League


Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says the Champions League is the most important club level competition to be involved in.

The Reds will tonight kick-off their European campaign when they host Ludogorets Razgrad and the midfielder says the Liverpool players will do their best to start with a win.

"We understand that we are not the favourites," Gerrard told the Daily Mail.

"There are some big hitters that people will be tipping to win.

"It's the best competition to play in at club level. There’s a hole there when you are out of it.

"But the message from me, as captain of this team, is that we are not making up the numbers. No way.

"We have got such a big advantage over two legs with Anfield that other teams haven't got.

"You come to Anfield and you’re getting a terribly hard 90 minutes.

And we are going to make it even harder for you."

The Reds are in Group B of the competition with Basel and last season's champions Real Madrid completing the line-up.

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