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Defensive stalwart calls on his team-mates to take the Reds back into Europe's premier competition and says that this could be the season to win back their place amongst the elite

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says he is desperate to see his club back in the Champions League.

The Reds have suffered a two-year absence from a competition that has seen them as winners in 2005 and defeated finalists in 2007 and the defender is keen to return to Europe’s premier competition.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Carragher said: "I think, with us not being in the Champions League over the last few years, everyone at the club is desperate to get back in there and get those great nights back at Liverpool."

Carragher did admit, however, that perhaps harbouring hopes of winning the title this season would be a little over-ambitious.

"To do that it’s going to be tough but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to win the league, of course we want to win the league," he continued.

"It’s been too long but I think to go from sixth to winning the league is maybe too much of an ask for us."

But the 33-year-old was more positive on the chances of the club finishing in the top four and securing that all-important Champions League berth.

"If we start the season well, and after a few months we’re still up there with the top teams, why not look at that situation then?" he argued.

"I’m desperate for the club to get back into the Champions League and if we start well we’ll take it from there."

Liverpool kick off their attempt to break back into the Premier League top four against Sunderland on Saturday.