Carroll retains Champions League hope


Andy Carroll is adamant Liverpool's recent run hasn't ruined their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

The Reds have won just once in their last five league outings, the most recent failure coming in the form of the weekend's stalemate with Stoke City.

The wretched run leaves Kenny Dalglish's side five points off the pace in seventh in the Barclays Premier League, but Carroll isn't worried by the team's predicament, insisting the unpredictable nature of the Premier League means anything's possible.

"The league games are just as important as the cup games we've got to look forward to because we want to stay in contention at the top end of the table," Carroll said.

"The objective is qualifying for the Champions League and we are up there and still in with a great chance of achieving that aim.

"I think it's quite possible, especially when you consider some of the results that we have seen over the Christmas period with the top teams, including Man Utd, losing matches. We're still in there without a doubt.

"We've done really well against the top teams and our away form has been great but in some of the home games we've struggled to put our chances away and I think that's where we need to make sure we start to punish teams.

"Hopefully we can start taking our chances and score more goals as a team.

"There's a great spirit among the lads. In the dressing room, everyone is friends. That shows in training and I think you can see that spirit in the games too."

Having not netted in the league since October, Carroll will be looking to make an impression in a Liverpool side again without Luis Suarez when taking on relegation threatened Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium this weekend, a venue Owen Coyle's side have won just once at all season.

Victory could well be the catalyst for a charge at the top four, with ground likely to be made up with four of the division's top five going head-to-head.

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