Juan Mata has urged Chelsea not to throw in the towel on their top-four dream ahead of tonight's Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool.

The Blues' hopes of finishing third or fourth looked doomed after Wednesday night's defeat to Newcastle that left them four points adrift with just two games remaining. But the Magpies' loss to Manchester City and draws for Tottenham and Arsenal kept alive Chelsea's slim hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League via the Premier League.

They must beat FA Cup final opponents Liverpool for the second time in four days to stand any chance of overhauling two of the three teams directly above them. Mata said of the clash at Anfield: "We have to win and still believe in playing the Champions League next year."

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