Carragher lays out Liverpool target

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Jamie Carragher has set his sights on a return to Champions League football next season, and is determined to secure a second trip to Wembley after playing his part in ending Liverpool's six-year wait for silverware, when he lifted the Carling Cup on Sunday.

The 34-year-old defender remains typically focused on keeping a sense of perspective, as he urges his teammates to build on their latest trophy success by realising two of the club's other goals this season.

"We have achieved something but there are still two targets to go for," Carragher told Liverpool's official website. "The top four and FA Cup.

"The top four has been made more difficult by other results this weekend. But we want to come back here again. We want to play in the semi-final and the final.

"We should be looking to get into Europe every year through our league position rather than through winning the Carling Cup.

"It's great that we have qualified for the Europa League, of course it is, but we want to do that through our league position. The next step is trying to get back into the Champions League."

Carragher is realistic enough to know that the challenge facing Liverpool in the Premier League will be a tough one, but the vice-captain is confident that with more consistency, Kenny Dalglish's side can secure a top four finish and return to Europe's elite competition.

"We know it is going to be a difficult task and obviously we have got a big game coming up against Arsenal this weekend," he added. "They will be flying after the win over Tottenham.

"But Europe is part of our heritage and we need to be involved again."

Liverpool currently lie in seventh place in the Premier League on 39 points, seven points adrift of fourth and fifth placed Arsenal and Chelsea, but with a game in hand.

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