Daniel Agger is delighted with Liverpool's start in the Premier League, but knows just how difficult it will be to secure a Champions League place.
The Dane has played five of his side's seven league matches so far this season, missing two games due to injury.
The Reds have only lost once so far, a 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton, and are currently second in the table, level on points with leaders Arsenal.
Expectations have grown at Anfield having beaten Manchester United at home, they are widely considered to be serious top four contenders.
A 3-1 win against Crystal Palace last week meant the side went into the international break with 16 points out of a possible 21.
Although the centre-back is pleased with the start, he has warned that there is still a long way to go, before thinking about Champions League football.
"It has been a pleasure so far with the start that we have had to the season. Just look at where we are now," Agger told Danish newspaper BT.
"That said, we are aware of the fact that there are other teams who are ready to compete for a place in the top four.
"The Premier League is an extremely competitive league and all the teams are able to beat each other. We have to continue taking it one game at a time."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recruited heavily during the summer, bringing in Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Tiago llori.
Despite Agger's injury concern, he is relishing the opportunity to get back into action, and fight for his place in the side.
"The other players have done well and it is great that we have competition for places," said Agger.
"If we want to be in the top of the league then we have to have competition for all places. "I have been here for eight years and I know how it is in a club like Liverpool."
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