Liverpool’s Aly Cissokho outlines Champions League target

Liverpool defender Aly Cissokho says the Reds are determined to secure a return to the Champions League this season

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Aly Cissokho says Liverpool are determined to make up for their absence from Europe this season by qualifying for the Champions League.

The Reds, who finished in seventh place last season, are currently second in the Premier League table after a 4-0 rout against struggling Fulham at Anfield eight days ago.

And on-loan Valencia defender Cissokho is relishing the competition for places at Liverpool as manager Brendan Rodgers continues to maintain a healthy rivalry in the Reds squad.

“To start with, when you want to play in a team like Liverpool, you have to expect that there’s going to be high level of competition for each place, whether in central defence, midfield or in attack,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.

“Everyone in the team is disappointed not to be competing in European competition, and every player wants to give his best to ensure that the club is up there in the qualifying positions at the end of the season.

“The season is long, and there are a lot of matches to come. The coach makes, and will continue to make, his decisions, and it’s important to respect them so that the team can be in the best shape each Saturday.

“I’d say the English championship resembles the leagues I’ve known to date – very physical, high tempo, as in France, and like in Spain and Portugal, a lot of intensity, as with here, combined with technical football.

“It’s very engaged, and it’s non-stop. It’s surprising to see that even with those teams in mid-table, as well as those nearer the top of the table, there’s never a let up in the tempo, and they all play at the maximum level right up to the last minute of the match.”

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