Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel is confident that his side can secure fourth place in the Premier League and the crucial final Champions League spot.

The Slovenian international was speaking after collecting the Standard Chartered February Player of the Month award for a series of fine displays at the heart of the defence.

The Reds defender scored the equaliser in the Carling Cup final, helping to end Liverpool's six-year wait for a trophy and also notched against Brighton in the 6-1 FA Cup victory.

However, while the Anfield side have experienced success in the cup competitions, Skrtel acknowledged that their league form has recently dipped.

Another home draw, this time against Tottenham, was followed by a 2-1 defeat to United at Old Trafford before Arsenal stole all three points from Anfield last weekend.

Speaking to, Skrtel said: "Fourth place is still the target. We couldn't get more points in the games against Tottenham and Manchester United and also against Arsenal.

"Now there is a gap between us and fourth place but the season is not finished yet. We still have a chance and we'll fight until the end."

The 27-year-old said the battle for fourth spot begins on Saturday with a trip to Sunderland before both points and bragging rights go on the line for the midweek Merseyside derby on Tuesday night at Anfield.

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