Liverpool morning news, Defender desperate for CL return, Rodgers says youngster has big future

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A round up of some of the key stories involving Liverpool in the past 24 hours.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has said all the players at the club want a return to the Champions League – the competition that Liverpool last participated in in 2009.

Agger has said it would be a great achievement if Liverpool could return to the top table of European football for next season given how competitive it is to get into the top four places.

He is quoted in several papers, saying: ‘You can see that desire on the pitch. We are working for each other and if you want to finish in the top four in the Premier League that’s important. That’s more important than maybe the quality.

‘There are a lot of teams up there and it would definitely be a great achievement to finish in the top four.’

Manager Brendan Rodgers does believe that Raheem Sterling as a big future at the club despite not getting as much game time as he did last season.

Sterling played in 10 of Liverpool’s first 11 games last season, and hasn’t featured on the field for less than a quarter of the time he did this time last season – with Liverpool strengthening their squad significantly over the past year.

Rodgers insists the 18-year-old does have what it takes.

He is quoted in the Daily Express saying: ‘He showed over the first six months of last season that he has a future in the Premier League and at Liverpool.

‘It was going to be very difficult to maintain the level that he set himself, but he is only 18 years of age and as much as we want young players and give them the opportunity, there is a nurturing phase as well.’

Midfielder Luis Alberto said he hopes to learn from teammate Philippe Coutinho amongst others as he aims to get more game time at Liverpool.

Alberto has made six appearances so far this season for Liverpool, and he told the club’s website: ‘I admire Philippe and we get on well on and off the pitch.

‘He can be one of the people who are an example for me. I look at many people as an example.’

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said he hopes the side can prove its title credentials over the coming months, according to Sky Sports. Liverpool are now about to embark on a difficult run of fixtures in the run up to the new year after the international break, which involves visiting several sides who are challenging for the top four.

‘It’s still a long way after November until February, there is a long run of games to be played, and hopefully we can do well in them.’

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