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Gerrard in rallying cry to Liverpool players

Steven Gerrard has demanded a top four finish from Liverpool if they want Champions League football next season. Gerrard has recovered from a groin problem and will lead his seventh-placed side into the 212th Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, convinced everyone is still working in unison towards attaining Champions League football next term.

The skipper told Liverpoolfc.tv: "We are all aware the season is not going the way we would want it to and we are really disappointed to have gone out of the Champions League.

"We are far from happy with our form in the Premier League as well but the only way to turn things around is by sticking together.

"We have shown in the past what we can achieve when we stick together and if there is one positive about the difficult time we have been having, it is that we have all pulled together.

"The manager, the staff and the players are all working as hard as we can to try and get the improvement we have been looking for.

"It will not be easy, as we have given ourselves plenty to do, but we still have the confidence and belief that we can finish in the top four."

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