Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva believes Europa League qualification is still a realistic possibility ahead of the Reds' final day showdown with Aston Villa.

Kenny Dalglish's men travel to Villa Park on Sunday, with the sole aim of bettering Tottenham Hotspur's result at home to Birmingham City, in order to clinch the all-important fifth place in the Barclays Premier League.

"We have to go there and try to win. I think Birmingham will try to get points from Tottenham and that helps with the way they'll approach the game," Lucas told LFCTV.

The Blues are facing last-day drama of their own, with the threat of relegation a genuine risk, and Lucas is hoping the White Hart Lane six-pointer could play into Liverpool's hands.

"They have to get points or they could be relegated," he continued.


"At the end of the day it's not in our hands so we just have to do our job. Hopefully then, something good will happen for us."

Liverpool have undergone a mini revival since the return of 'King' Kenny to Anfield, who took over with the club languishing in mid-table mediocrity.

However, their status has since been restored having climbed steadily up the table since January, with performances that has rekindled the faith in Liverpool's supporters.

The Reds are now within touching distance of doing the unthinkable and qualifying for Europe, but first must overcome another stern test in the form of Aston Villa.

"We have to go into the last game with the commitment we've shown lately. Villa just beat Arsenal away, which shows they are really committed.

"They have had difficult times this season but they have a good team, a good squad, and they showed against Arsenal they can beat any team.

"Getting fifth would be very important for Liverpool. But we still believe we can finish well. You never know.

"I always try to be positive and think the best thing will happen to Liverpool."

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