Adam identifies top-four target


Charlie Adam insists Liverpool's main target this season is still to finish in the top four, and says that a strong second half to the 2011-12 campaign will ensure the club returns to the UEFA Champions League next year.

A succession of frustrating home results was compounded by a goalless draw with Stoke at Anfield last weekend, meaning the Reds have dropped to seventh in the Barclays Premier League table, five points adrift of Chelsea in fourth place.

But Adam is confident that Kenny Dalglish's side can kick on from here, and believes that an upturn in home form will help propel them up the table and make European qualification a reality.

"Of course it is, it's still there, there's plenty of points to play for, you never know what is going to happen," he told Sky Sports News Radio.

"We have been disappointed with the results as well but that's expected, we are a new team gelling, it takes time but we'll do everything we can.

"For us it's trying to win every game and on the day it's not always happened for us. But we'll not stop working hard and keep doing the things that we know is right and trying to win as many matches as we can.

"The most important game is the next game, a difficult game away at Bolton, which we are looking forward to as we have to bounce back after last week."

Reflecting on his first six months on Merseyside following his summer switch from Blackpool, Adam feels he has settled in well and says that Liverpool fans are now starting to reap the rewards for the support they have given him.

"It's been great," he added. "When you join a new club sometimes it takes time to settle in but it's been easy for me with the players that we've got here, they have made me welcome and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

"I've always been told to play with a smile on my face as I'm in a very fortunate position where I'm at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"For me the Premier League is the best league in the world and it's a top league. Since I've walked into the door at this club I've enjoyed every minute."

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