Spearing retains Liverpool focus

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Jay Spearing is adamant no-one will take their eyes off the ball as Liverpool refuse to give up on a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

The 23-year-old midfielder was speaking after the Reds' vital 2-1 victory over Stoke City on Sunday, to book the club's place in the FA Cup semi-final.

Spearing admits everyone at Anfield will be excited by the prospect of another trip to Wembley, as well as the possibility of featuring in an all-Merseyside encounter at the national stadium.

"For myself, it's a massive confidence boost and for the team too," Spearing told "We've been there once and won, so there's no reason we can't go there with plenty of confidence and hopefully get to the final.

"We went away to Sunderland a week ago and we were not very happy with our performance at all - but then on Tuesday against Everton at home we were very happy.

"For the club and for Merseyside it (a Liverpool - Everton semi-final) would be special. For both clubs it would be massive to get the supporters down there for the semi-final.

"It's every player's dream to go and play at Wembley and it will be extra special if it's an all-Merseyside semi-final. We've got all the confidence to go there and try and get through to the final.

"We've got a big game on Wednesday which we'll need to compete in and get three points, but when it (the semi-final) comes about we'll be looking forward to it."

Spearing turned in another commanding midfield display on his fourth consecutive start for Kenny Dalglish's first-team, and the former England U21 international believes he is growing in confidence with every game, though he says there is plenty more still to come.

"I was very pleased (with my performance)," he added. "I think we battled well all the way through the game.

"We had to pick up second balls, which was a big part of the game today, and we also played some good football at times.

"Every game gives me a lot more confidence. All I can do now is keep going and try and show the manager and the fans what I'm capable of doing."

Next up for Liverpool is a midweek trip to Loftus Road to face relegation threatened Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday evening as the club looks to close the gap on the Champions League places.

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