Brazilian midfielder sets Liverpool sights on Champions League

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva insists the club are still in the mix for a Champions League qualifying place this season.

The former Gremio star – who returned to action for the Reds at the weekend following a long-term injury – is convinced Brendan Rodgers’ side are still in with a chance of a top four finish, despite their current position of 11th in the Premier League table.

That's only seven points behind the side currently occupying the position (Tottenham Hotspur) however, and Lucas knows a string of positive results could quickly elevate the Anfield outfit into contention.

"The gap to third place is not too bad. If we had a few more wins we would be closer but we can't change that. We have a lot of games now and if we can get three or four wins in a row we will be very close to the top four,” Lucas is quoted as saying in The Daily Telegraph.

“We just have to get more points, especially in the crucial time which is coming. If we can turn draws into wins it will be even better but we have to keep believing as there are a lot of positive things at the moment."

The 25-year-old central midfielder made his return in the 1-0 win against Southampton on Saturday, allowing partners Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen more time to control possession and advance forward.

However, decision making in the final third must improve if the Reds are to keep winning matches, according to the Liverpool boss, with Lucas admitting the side are still adapting to the style of play implemented by the new manager.

"The manager said to us that the decision-making in the final third could be better and as soon as we make the right decisions we will start to score more goals," added Lucas.

"It's a new process with a new manager and a new style of game. At the end of May I think we will have more positives than negatives to take. My role is especially key for players like Stevie and Joe, Jordan Henderson, Nuri Sahin and Jonjo Shelvey – the offensive players.”

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