It was Liverpool’s third win in a row and moved them seven points off Chelsea, who hold the fourth and final qualifying spot.
"We said it was always going to be tough but we set ourselves the little task of trying to win as many games as we could in the last 10 and that’s three in a row now, so we’ve got a chance,” said Downing.
“The teams in and around the top half are playing each other so obviously some are going to slip up and drop points. I think getting everyone back fit, getting our strongest players out there, has helped with everyone in their proper
“If we can keep this squad together, add a few more and keep the big players, I think we have a hell of a chance.”