"Istanbul was my finest hour, and the club's too for a long time. But I've got a hunger to match Istanbul, if not beat it," Gerrard explained. "I don't just want to milk that final. I'd have regrets if I didn't win anything else. I want to do even better."
Gerrard is stirred by Liverpool's history in Europe, and driven by the desire to add to the record books.
"Liverpool belong in Europe," he said.
"Yes, you have to earn the right to be in it, but our history, the number of cups we've won in Europe, it's our stage and where we want to be.
"We see how successful the club have been. Players before our generation delivered, and fans expect the same of us today. We don't want to milk past success, we want to create new success."