Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes the Reds can challenge for the Premier League title next season if they secure Champions League football in this campaign.
The Merseyside outfit, who have been in tremendous form since the turn of the year, are currently two points behind fourth placed Manchester United, and are set to go head-to-head with the Red Devils this weekend at Anfield.
Must make Champions League
And Sturridge believes securing European qualification is huge for the club as they go in search of long term success under the Brendan Rodgers regime.
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In fact, Sturridge has even targeted finishing even higher than fourth, insisting that his side must prove their credentials over the coming months.
Speaking to the club's official site, the striker said: "It is important to secure fourth place and then from there look on.
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"To finish in the top four is realistic for us, it's what we're aiming to do, and if we can get higher than that then perfect.
"But finishing in the top four is the objective and that's the most important thing for us. It's not about aiming for anything other than that now.
"If we can finish in the top four, then we can push on and challenge for the title again next season.
"I think top four is definitely possible for us."
Of course, Sturridge and Co. will be determined to secure all three points against Manchester United this weekend.
There's no doubt about it, the showdown on Merseyside will prove a huge clash, with Rodgerss side in with a great chance of overtaking their rivals in the league ahead of the international break.
Sturridge will be key
And Sturridge will be key for the Anfield outfit in their attempts to secure Champions League qualification. Injury has certainly taken its toll on the England international this term, but he is capable of scoring the goals to propel the club up the table over the coming weeks and months.
The United back-four will certainly be worried ahead of this weekend's clash, and Sturridge will fancy himself to net against the Red Devils again - just like he did in the same fixture last season.
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