Sunday, 18th November, 2012
Veteran Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the club still have a chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four this season.
The Reds have made a less than perfect start to the current campaign and sit in lower mid-table, despite recording a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Wigan yesterday.
Manager Brendan Rodgers recently suggested that any finish better than last season’s eighth place would be "fantastic", hinting at a tempering of expectations for a club that was ranked number 1 in Europe during Rafael Benitez’s reign.
Carragher has struck a different note though, stressing that he believes there is still all to play for in the race to finish in the top four, which would mean a return to the Champions League.
"We look as if we have not made a good start, but with winning on Saturday, we are not too far behind the top four", the defender told the BBC.
"It is still up for grabs."
The Liverpool vice-captain pointed to the fact that other teams are dropping points, with both Manchester United and Chelsea having lost yesterday, as evidence that the top four can still be reached.
"Besides the top two, and even Manchester United lost on Saturday, a lot of teams are dropping points all over the place", said Carragher.
"From our own point of view, we now want to kick on and make a challenge for that top four place because it seems that everyone is throwing it away."
Liverpool next switch their attention away from the Premier League however, with a Europa League clash against Swiss side Young Boys at Anfield.
With just two games left to play in their group, Liverpool are second, level on six points with Young Boys, while Anzhi Makhachkala sit top on seven points, and Udinese are bottom, but with four points.
Everything is then left to play for, with the top two not decided.
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