Adam Lallana targets another Champions League finish

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Adam Lallana believes that Liverpool can still qualify for the Champions League next season, despite a slow start to the current campaign.

The Reds sit 11th in the Premier League table on a dismal 14 points, and have tasted defeat five times in the top flight already.

Four point gap

However, Brendan Rodgers' men are just four points from fourth spot and a victory on Sunday against Crystal Palace could see them climb up the table.

And Lallana, who signed for the club for £25million in the summer, feels his side can once again qualify for Europe's elite competition as well as collecting silverware on the way.

"We still feel we could finish in the top four, and we feel that that would be a remarkable achievement considering that we have been in the Champions League," the 26-year-old told the Liverpool Echo.

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“But we don’t want to look that far at the moment. We want to get back to winning ways, and with the game at the weekend against Palace, it’s a great chance for us to get three points and start a run.

“That (silverware) is a target for us. We want to pick up a trophy. The manager has said that since he’s come in, he’s felt that the team has improved, but still without winning a trophy.”

Capital One Cup prospects

Anfield, so rich in cup competition history, has been malnourished of trophies in it's cabinet of late. 2012 was the last time the Reds captured a piece of silverware, when Kenny Dalglish guided the Merseyside club to the League Cup, beating Cardiff City on penalties.

You have to go back to 2006 for the next nearest occasion when Liverpool won a cup, beating West Ham on penalties to raise the FA Cup.

For a side who were notoriously winning trophies in the early 2000s, it has been a shock for Kopites to watch their side not be in dispute of winning silverware.

Rodgers' poor record

Rodgers' track record in cup competitions has been abysmal and has got no further than the fifth round of the FA Cup.

This season is quite different and the Northern Irishman has guided his side into the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup, playing Bournemouth on 17th December and a victory over the South-East club takes them one step closer to Wembley.

Some fans are still sitting on the fence about Rodgers, considering the poor buys he drafted to the club and is reportedly under pressure from Fenway Sports Group, owners of Liverpool FC - a triumph in the League Cup would bring happiness to all parties.

Top four a must

Reaching the Champions League again is the minimum for Liverpool this season. The club is embedded with rich European history and fans want to see it on a weekly basis.

Champions League games at Anfield are special and Kopites feel they belong in the competition every year. If Liverpool are to continue their rebuild, qualification for Europe's elite contest is a must.

Top players want to be competing in the competition and it will prove difficult for Rodgers too attract the world's best footballers if he cannot offer Champions League football. 

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