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Liverpool can make Champions League return, says ex-star

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Ex-Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann believes Liverpool have a realistic chance of gaining Champions League qualification this season.

The Reds have made an impressive start to the Premier League season, winning their first three games of the league season. Brendan Rodgers' side, who beat Manchester United in their last outing, have yet to concede a league goal in this campaign.

Additionally, the Merseyside outfit will soon be welcoming star-man Luis Suarez back into the fold as he only has two games left to serve on his 10-game ban.

And, the former German international believes that the Reds can secure a place in next year's Champions League by ending in the top four this season.

Hamann told Goal.com: "They've given themselves a chance because, last year, they had a terrible start to the season [but] top of the league now, haven't conceded a goal yet and, with Suarez coming back, you expect them to score more goals.

"If they keep the defence as tight as it is, I think the top four is a very realistic target."

Hamann believes keeping central-midfielders Steven Gerrard and Lucas fit could be key to Liverpool's season.

He continued by saying: "They've bought two centre-halves, [Martin] Skrtel came back into the side but, in midfield, they have to make sure [Steven] Gerrard and Lucas stay in one piece because they're vital players to the team."

And, the former Reds man believes the Merseyside outfit can soon make a challenge for the Premier League title and believes another couple of additions to Rodgers' squad will allow the club to further improve.

Hamann finished by saying: "Other than that, I think they're only one or two players away from being a top, top side and, with the squad Brendan Rodgers has built there, if they continue to improve the way they have over the past 12 months, then I wouldn't rule out Liverpool being a competitor for the Premier League title in the next four or five years."

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