Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes his side must improve their defensive record away from home if they are to finish in the top four.

Gerrard scored an injury-time winner last night as his side twice came from behind to beat Fulham and keep themselves in touching distance of the top three.

Although the club won, it was the eighth time in 10 Premier League away matches that the club have conceded 2 or more times. And Gerrard has highlighted the concern.

He told the club's official website: "We still have to learn from our mistakes and defend better on the road if we're to finish in the top four places."

If they are to though, then wins like yesterday are going to be crucial. Brendan Rodgers' side weren't at their free-flowing best but managed to grab the win when Gerrard converted a penalty in stoppage time.

"It's a great win for the lads. I got the final penalty, which is an important spot-kick, but it was about the character and determination we showed today," he said.

"We showed plenty of guts and we never gave up. If you do that, more often than not you get the breaks - and we got one in the end. It was a great win for us."

The win means the Merseysider's are just four points behind table-topping Chelsea and the skipper is happy with how things are going.

"We're in the mix. It's still early days, there's a lot of football to be played and we're not going to get carried away. But we are in good form. We feel as if we're dark horses."

If Liverpool do manage to improve their defensive record, then they will have a good chance of finishing in the top four for the first time since 2009. They are currently three points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham who they are still to play.

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