Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel believes the Reds must finish in the top four this season or risk losing their star players.
The 28-year old, who has started 16 games for the club so far this campaign, feels a Europa League spot simply won't suffice.
Speaking to The Mirror at the launch of Need for Speed Rivals, he said: "We definitely wouldn’t be happy finishing fifth.
“The target for Liverpool must be the top four – and that’s what we are all looking to achieve.
“For me, I am at one of the biggest clubs in the world. And I would say that all the players here are proud to play for the club – but everyone has an ambition to play in the Champions League.
“So, it is important to us, as players and for the club’s future, that we finish in the top four this season.”
Liverpool have failed to qualify for Europe's elite club competition for four seasons, and the Slovakian added: "At Liverpool, the expectations are always high and last season was not good for us, so the aim this time was to start well.
"We have played very well so far and we can have confidence in the future, but only qualifying for the Champions League will count as a success."
The month of December is sure to truly test Liverpool's credentials, as they face trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, as well as a boxing day clash away to Manchester City.
However, Skrtel says he isn't looking past Sunday's match at newly-promoted Hull City and he said: "We have a very important month, with nine games in December, including Chelsea away, Spurs away and City away.
"But the main thing is the next game against Hull. And it is important to get three points because we didn’t win our last game.”
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