Liverpool star striker Andy Carroll is hoping to qualify for at least the Europa league this season, with the youngster believing qualification will give the side a lift after coming back from a relegation scare last year.
“Obviously it’s at the back of everybody’s minds,” Carroll said.
“Everyone wants to be in that fifth position and everyone knows that we are capable of doing it.
“We’ve just got to work hard and try to make sure we get three points every week and hopefully Tottenham will have a slip up.”
Tottenham are currently in the coveted fifth place on the Barclays Premier League table, and are five points clear of Liverpool. But while Tottenham are looking inconsistent with one win in their last five games, Liverpool have only lost two league games under Kenny Dalglish’s reign and look on form at the minute.
While Liverpool are obviously aiming for Champions League qualification, Europa will be a good chance to blood new signings Luis Suarez and Carroll with international club experience, and Carroll knows that this is going to be an important part of rebuilding the history rich club.
“I think every player wants to play in Europe and coming to a club like Liverpool it’s expected,” Carroll said.
“All the other lads want to be in Europe as much as me.
“All we can do is work as hard as we can to make sure we get there.”
Liverpool’s current hurdle on the road to Europe is Arsenal, who are currently chasing the title and are as desperate as Liverpool to notch up three points this weekend.
Liverpool haven’t won at the Emirates in 13 trips, but Andy Carroll was part of the Newcastle squad that beat Arsenal this season.
And with this experience in mind, the striker knows what it will take to beat the Gunners.
“All the Newcastle lads played well that day,” Carroll said.
“We need to work hard to close them down and make sure that we don’t give them space or time on the ball because we know what a good side Arsenal are and what they can do if you allow them to do that.”