Liverpool have not competed in the Champions League since the 2009-10 campaign, but Glen Johnson is eager to change the club's fortunes and secure a top-four finish this season.

The 27-year-old defender is adamant the Reds still have an outside chance of finishing in the all-important European places, despite currently sitting seventh in the Premier League table, 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal.

Liverpool were condemned to a 2-1 defeat against the Gunners at Anfield last weekend - six days after their Wembley triumph in the Carling Cup against Championship Cardiff City.

However, Johnson says that the club will not be able to consider the current season a success if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, even in light of the obvious improvement under the stewardship of Kenny Dalglish.

"No, I wouldn't say that it would be a success," he told the Daily Mail. "We need to be in the top four. That's what we would take above all others."

"He came in and steadied the ship and brought a fantastic coach in Steve Clarke. Training is sharper and he just put a smile on everybody's face."

Johnson feels Liverpool are on the right track following the Merseyside return of 'King' Kenny last year - an appointment the full-back believes has brought the dressing room closer together.

"We are a tight unit," he continued. "We defend together and do everything together. We are close on and off the pitch. Kenny Dalglish is good at that.

"He places an emphasis on it and makes sure he involves everybody. We look forward to going into training and you can see that on people's faces."

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