Enrique: Momentum key for Liverpool

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As attention turns to this weekend's Carling Cup final at Wembley, Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has reiterated the importance of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

The 26-year-old Spanish full-back has set his sights on Champions League football next year, and is confident that the Reds' current momentum can help them achieve their goals on both fronts.

"At the moment we are doing well," Enrique is quoted by Sky Sports. "We are in one final and the quarter-finals in another cup, and I think in the league we are just four points behind the Champions League teams.

"We have had many games this year we haven't won but we have had many new players. With every game we play better together.

"I think it is good we are in the next round. We've got Stoke at home and we've got a good chance of getting into another final.

"Now we will prepare to play Cardiff. Everyone thinks because we're playing against a Championship team it will be an easy game, but we know it's going to be hard."

Liverpool thrashed Brighton 6-1 in their FA Cup fifth round clash at Anfield on Sunday, with goals from Martin Skrtel, Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez adding to three own goals by the visitors.

The game will be best remembered for the impressive performances from a number of Kenny Dalglish's summer signings, with Jordan Henderson particularly catching the eye.

The 21-year-old midfielder has made a slow start to life on Merseyside following his £16million move from Sunderland, but after a recent upturn in form he is hopeful of keeping his place in the team for Sunday's final showdown.

"It was important we came out and did it right. We did that and everyone is delighted," Henderson explained. "A few people got on the scoresheet, everyone is full of confidence and hopefully we can take that into the game next week.

"A lot of people want to play (next week) and some will be disappointed but I am sure everyone will be training really hard and trying to get in that starting XI for Sunday."

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