Gerrard harbours hopes of Champions League charge

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Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool are still capable of qualifying for the Champions League this season.

Liverpool sit in 7th place, nine points adrift of Tottenham who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot, but strong performances on the road against Arsenal and Manchester City in the space of four days have given the Reds hope they can mount a late charge for European football.

Gerrard, who scored a fine goal in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City on Sunday, says he still believes Liverpool are capable of reeling in their top four rivals in the final 13 games of the season.

"We need to build on this and I'm feeling really confident about our ability to move up the table," he said.

"We might not have got the results we wanted against the top sides but every time we have certainly matched them if not bettered them in games. 

"We just need to try to cut out our mistakes and turn those draws into wins. No disrespect to the sides we've got coming up but if we keep playing like that then we can certainly put in a challenge for fourth place."

A sublime goal from Sergio Aguero ensured the points were shared on Sunday evening, and Gerrard says the only disappointing aspect of the game was that Liverpool weren't able to hold out for all three points.

The 32-year-old also reserved special words of praise for Daniel Sturridge, who appears reinvigorated by his move to Anfield in January and opened the scoring against City with a sublime goal.

He said: "It was certainly up there with our best performance of the season. The team is looking really strong at the moment. 

"Before the transfer window we were lacking a bit up front as Luis Suárez was almost having to do two jobs. But now Daniel Sturridge has come in and given us more options going forward. Daniel has done brilliantly for us so far. 

"Not many sides go to Manchester City and completely dominate large parts of the game like we did. It's just disappointing that we weren't able to hang on and see the game out."

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