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Gerrard: Liverpool a European 'Force'

"As ever under Benitez, the mood has changed very quickly" at Liverpool, says the Independent's Sam Wallace. Less than a month has passed since Rafael Benitez's men bowed out of the FA Cup in embarrassing fashion to Barnsley of the English League Championship. That loss, which came at home, and a string of indifferent performances in the Premier League spurred Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard into a scathing tirade about the club's poor form and unstable ownership situation.
But Gerrard's singing a different tune now following Liverpool's comfortable 3-0 aggregate victory over Inter Milan in the Champions League second round. "We are playing very, very well now," Gerrard proclaimed. "In Europe, we are a force, we do not fear anyone. We have got great experience in Europe, we have been there and we know what it is all about. 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."
Liverpool became the fourth EPL team to make it to the CL quarterfinals, along with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. Gerrard said he would prefer to avoid an English team in tomorrow's quarterfinal draw. "I would be happy to play another English team in the final but for now, with the quarterfinal draw coming up, I would prefer we were drawn against a non-English team because everyone knows that the top three in the Premier League are all outstanding. Very strong."

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