Daniel Sturridge wants top four finish for Liverpool

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Daniel Sturridge is confident that Liverpool can qualify for the Champions League this season and believes his side can push for the title next term.

The Reds have surged into fifth in the Premier League after scooping 32 from a possible 36 points since the turn of the New Year after a slow start to this season.

The Merseyside club sit just two points behind Manchester United in fourth and the pair go head-to-head on Sunday and a win for Liverpool would see them leapfrog their North West rivals.

Confidence is through the roof in the Anfield camp following their 1-0 win against Swansea City last Monday and there is a real sense of belief that they can snatch a top-four finish come May.

One of those who has plenty of faith is Sturridge, who has scored three goals since returning from injury in late January, and feels that a Champions League finish is the minimum Liverpool should aim for.

"To finish in the top four is realistic for us, it's what we're aiming to do, and if we can get higher than that then perfect," Sturridge told

"But finishing in the top four is the objective and that's the most important thing for us. It's not about aiming for anything other than that now.

"If we can finish in the top four, then we can push on and challenge for the title again next season. I think top four is definitely possible for us.

"There has been perseverance and a lot of hard work done by the players to get to where we are.

"We're in a good moment, so we're just continuing to work hard each day out on the training field, putting in the work and hours.

"Then at the weekends, we're going into the games with a confident mentality and a positive attitude.

"The boys have fought back and we're where we are now, and that is testament to the hard work everyone has put in to get to where we are today.

"It [the formation] is working. Everyone is defending very well, Si [Mignolet] is doing extremely well also. It's great to see and long may it continue."

Aim For The Sky

The top-four race is certainly going to be interesting in the closing stages of this term.

Just four points seperate Liverpool and Manchester City who lie in second and the way the Citizens are playing, runners-up spot is not an unrealisitc target.

Liverpool took just 14 points from their first ten games this season and it appeared as if a mid-table finish was going to be the best they could hope for.

However, a change in tactics from 4-3-3 to 3-4-3 has seen the Reds thrive and fast-flowing football has returned to Anfield. The likes of Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson have benefitted a great deal and the pair have been fantastic in recent weeks.

Challenge Next Season

Last term, Rodgers miraculously almost guided the five-time European Cup winners to their first league title since 1990.

It was an unbelievable effort, somewhat short of a miracle for Liverpool, who finished just two points behind Manchester City.

They over-achieved by a long way considering the squad Rodgers had assembled. The likes of Iago Aspas, Victor Moses and Luis Alberto sat on the bench giving the Northern Irishman little options when he looked to make a change.

Last summer, the former Swansea City manager worked hard to strenghen his side and drafted in the likes of Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Alberto Moreno to add depth.

Liverpool's form in 2015 is title-winning form. Unbeaten in 12 games, dropping just four points, that is form that every side across Europe envy's. If they continue that into next term, the Merseyside club will be serious title-contenders from the start of the season.

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