Enrique: Plenty still to play for

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Jose Enrique is eyeing a quick return to Wembley this season as Liverpool prepare to welcome Stoke City to Anfield for this weekend's FA Cup quarter-final encounter.

The Spanish full-back admits that the prospect of another trip to the national stadium will act as extra motivation for the Reds when they go head-to-head with the Potters, but will not be underestimating the challenge posed by Tony Pulis' side.

"Everyone enjoyed going to Wembley so much and we all want to go back there again," Enrique told Liverpool's official website. "To win a trophy in my first season here was amazing and I think we have a big chance to get another one.

"But there are still two games to get through before the final and we must focus on them. It is difficult to play against Stoke.

"They are a real English team, kicking the ball all the time to their striker and we have to be careful at throw-ins and corners. They are not an easy team to beat."

Fresh from their Merseyside mauling of Everton in midweek, Kenny Dalglish's men will be in good spirits going into the game, after ending their run of three consecutive defeats in the league.

Steven Gerrard netted a memorable hat-trick for Liverpool, and the players will be confident of progression through to the semi-final stage.

"Playing Everton is a special game, especially for the fans, and it was great to play in it," the 26-year-old added. "We played well and scored three goals. It was so important we got the three points.

"In many games this season we've played well but not got the points because we've been unlucky in front of goal. In many games we've deserved more this season."

With the business end of the season fast approaching, Liverpool's hopes of a return to the Champions League next year via a top four finish are in the balance, with the Reds currently lying in seventh place, 10 points adrift of Arsenal in that final qualification spot.

"We have to be realistic about the Champions League," concluded Enrique. "We are 10 points behind so it is going to be really hard but we are still trying because the league hasn't finished.

"There are still many points to play for and we need to put together a run of wins. If we play like we did against Everton then we can beat anyone."

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