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Gerrard: Top four finish good enough for Liverpool next season

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is being realistic over the target for next season and that is a Champions League finish. A possible tilt at the title had been predicted by those fans buoyed by the return of Kenny Dalglish as manager and some big-spending in the transfer window.

But the 30 year old believes that focusing on a return to UEFA Champions League action needs to be their primary target.

"I'd love nothing better than to lead the lads to some silverware next year but I don't want to raise expectation by saying that will definitely happen," Gerrard told the club's official website.

"It would be stupid of me to raise expectations any more than they are already. At the beginning of every season at Liverpool expectations rise, and now that Kenny is staying and with a few signings I'm sure it'll go through the roof.

"Getting in the Champions League will be the main aim. I think it is for all the clubs in the Premier League. For financial reasons it's so important but it's also the biggest competition for players individually at club level.

"Everyone wants to be involved in it, we've had some fantastic nights at Anfield over the years in the competition and we all want to see those nights return.

"We just need to continue what we've been doing during the last six months. Hopefully we'll add some more players to strengthen the squad and then we need to compete. We are good enough to beat anyone on our day, we just need to find the consistency to challenge for honours."

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