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Liverpool must finish in the Premier League top four

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Liverpool experienced a fantastic first half of the Premier League season, sitting at the top of the table for Christmas.

It is clear to see the progress Brendan Rodgers has made with his squad since taking over as Kenny Daglish's successor as the clubs manager. However, with a run of difficult games around the turn of the new year, confidence levels have reduced in the hearts of the supporters.

The 2012/13 season marked Rodgers' first campaign in charge of the historic club, and its safe to say it definitely wasn't one of the most successful years they had previously experienced.

A few dodgy transfers prior to his takeover left Rodgers with limited options, until the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho were brought in during the January window.

The season ended with Liverpool finishing in seventh spot, one place below neighbours Everton and 28 points off their winning rivals Manchester United.

However, this current season has shown more promise for the Reds and seems to be squeezing out the squads potential, both as individuals and as a team.

The 'SAS' partnership appears to have really kicked off, scoring a whopping 32 goals between them. Before the recent game away at Stoke, Liverpool were in sixth position due to results elsewhere before kick-off.

This put a lot of pressure on to the players as they knew they would only regain fourth spot if they ran out victorious from the Britannia Stadium.

Luckily for the Liverpool fans the pressure was dealt with, as they came away 5-3 winners thanks to goals from Luis Suarez, Sturridge and Steven Gerrard. However, in my opinion Liverpool will find it difficult to cope with this kind of pressure every single week, knowing that any mistakes come the final whistle will have been capitalised on by teams around them in the league table.

This has already happened once or twice already, an example being that they were top of the league for Christmas, but sat in fifth spot by the turn of 2014.

As a Liverpool fan I am hoping and praying we finish inside of the top four because if we cannot fulfill this, players such as Luis Suarez will inevitably look elsewhere to gain regular Champions League football.

This puts extra pressure on the manager and team to deliver which clearly doesn't benefit the situation, but I think the owners and manager can only take the club in the right direction from this point onwards.

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