Martin Skrtel is convinced Liverpool are currently moving in the right direction and can finish in the top four at the end of the season.

The Reds have found themselves at the centre of controversy following the Luis Suarez affair, but more pressingly their form has been in-consistent recently, culminating in the 2-1 defeat against Manchester United on Saturday.

However, Skrtel is convinced that Kenny Dalglish has got the Reds moving in the right direction, and that all of their early season aims are well within reach.

That includes claiming trophies, and with a Carling Cup final less than a fortnight away and the FA Cup fifth round tie against Brighton set for Sunday, winning some silverware is a realistic possibility.

"At the start of the season our targets were to qualify for the Champions League and to win some trophies," said Skrtel.

"Now we are in the Carling Cup final, still in the FA Cup and close to the top four - our targets are still reachable. It's up to us to ensure we qualify for the Champions League.

"When you look at our games with the teams who are in those positions at the moment I don't think they are that much better than us. We've had close games with (Manchester) City, (Manchester) United and Spurs and we beat Chelsea. I believe we can get there.

"We just need to focus on the next game and try to win that. Then, when all the games are played, we'll see how many points we have at the end."

Arsenal currently hold fourth position in the Premier League, level on points with Chelsea and a solitary point ahead of Newcastle United. Liverpool are a further three points behind. However, their next league match, on March 3, is against the Gunners at Anfield.

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