Gerrard - CL no consolation

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard concedes winning the UEFA Champions League will prove no consolation for failing to mount a serious title challenge.

The Reds, who currently sit in fifth spot, have dropped out of the race for the title despite a promising start to the season.

Liverpool now find themselves in a battle with Everton, Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Manchester City for the lucrative fourth place finish in the Premier League.

The situation frustrates Gerrard, who is determined to win the Premier League title, and he says glory in this season's Champions League will not even make up for another disappointing domestic campaign.

"In the position we find ourselves now, fourth is the least that is acceptable. But we have bigger ambitions than that," Gerrard told the club's official magazine.

"The only way we can fulfil those ambitions is in the Champions League. And I am not going to pretend that even winning that trophy - and we are a long way away from it at the moment - will make up for the disappointment of the league campaign."

Damaging situation
Gerrard also claimed that the constant speculation over a possible takeover at the club and the future of Rafa Benitez has affected everyone at the club.

"It's sad so much of the club's business has been conducted in public," added Gerrard.

"The club I have grown up supporting always did its business behind closed doors, and that is what we have to get back to.

"It's been a damaging situation for everyone."