Gerrard - We are Euro greats

Liverpool skipper fears no-one in Champions League

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists the Anfield giants are European greats.

Rafa Benitez's men lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2005 with their unforgettable victory over Milan, before reaching the final again in 2007.

Their impressive continental displays have been in stark contrast to their domestic form, where they have been unable to mount a serious Premier League title challenge.

But Gerrard has hit back at the club's critics ahead of Friday's draw for the quarter-finals of the competition, with England boasting four of the eight representatives.


The midfield general said: "Our record in the Champions League speaks for itself, we don't have to defend ourselves or say how good we are, I honestly believe our record says we are a great team in Europe.

"We are a force in Europe, we do not fear anyone. We have been there and we know what it is all about.

"I don't want to say who we want to play but what I will say is we can let the rest worry about us, because we have the pedigree in this competition.

"People have said teams that are not great have won the Champions League but we can let our record answer that.

"We've been to the final twice in three years and won some big games in important stadiums - and produced the performances of a great European side."

Liverpool could meet Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United or be paired with Barcelona, Roma, Schalke and Fenerbahce.


And Gerrard believes the Reds are the team to watch as they are coming into form at the right stage of the season.

He added: "We have the momentum, there is no doubt about that. And it could be important. We are playing very, very well now.

"We cannot get carried away because there are some monster teams left. But we are playing a lot better now, we are in the last eight and we know we have a great chance.

"We know what it's like to get to the Champions League final. That's why I'm sure the others will be worried about us."