Liverpool's French defender Aly Cissokho believes a win in the top two clash against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium will prove the Reds' top-four credentials.
Liverpool have made an excellent start to the Premier League season, but doubts remain whether Brendan Rodgers' side can maintain their current form and qualify for next year's Champions League.
But Cissokho, currently on loan from Valencia, insists the Merseysiders – with the 'SAS' striking duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge firing on all cylinders – are strong enough to stay in the top-four, reports The Independent.
The left back has started the last few games in place of the injured Jose Enrique and wants Liverpool to climb to the top of the table before the international break.
"I think if we could get the three points against Arsenal it would send a strong message to the other teams in the competition," said the Frenchman.
"We'll take it one match at a time but we have started well and we are near the top of the league, although there will be difficult matches.
"The tough ones can be against the lower teams in the league, where you might think of having a more relaxed outing.
"But if you're setting out to qualify for the Champions League through a domestic league like the Premier League you really have to concentrate and remain serious for each match, whether it's against a team from the lower end of the table or one right at the top.
"We're only a couple of weeks ahead of the international break, so it would be good to take the three points at Arsenal, and look forward to the next home match and try to stay at the top of the table during the break."
Despite boasting young talents such as Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling, Cissokho believes the more experienced Liverpool players will be crucial in the upcoming period.
"We have players in the squad like Kolo Toure, Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, who have plenty of experience and who have started in some big European matches as well," he told LFC TV.
"We are at one of the biggest clubs in the world and they motivate everyone."
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