Carragher confident of Euro qualification

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Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has urged his Anfield teammates they must remain upbeat ahead of the end of season run-in and insists the Reds can still qualify for Europe.

After Saturday's disappointing defeat at the Hawthorns, which saw Liverpool go down 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion after two converted Chris Brunt penalties turned the tie on its head after Martin Skrtel's opener.

Kenny Dalglish's side lost more ground on fifth placed Tottenham Hotspur, who themselves could only manage a draw at relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic.

But Carragher is positive that the weekend's result is only a minor set-back and that there are still plenty of points to play for.


"I don't think losing the extra point here with that late goal will make or break how we finish the end of the season," said the 33-year-old stand-in skipper.

"We have still got a bit of catching up to do on Tottenham. They only drew and if we had won we would have closed the gap on them.

"There have been plenty of times this season when we thought European qualification had gone. Wigan at home, West Ham away.

"But then you get a couple of good results after those and you think it's back on."

With seven league fixtures remaining, including clashes against Manchester City, Arsenal and most importantly European rivals Spurs on the penultimate weekend of the season, Carragher feels Liverpool's destiny is still in their own hands.

"With this defeat it looks as if we are even further away now. But you never know - a couple of good results and we could be back in it.

"We beat Man Utd after losing to West Ham, hopefully we can do the same against Man City and give everyone a lift. We have got to go again."

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