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Hansen says Liverpool must finish in top four this season

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen says it's critical his old club qualify for the Champions League this season.

Hansen wrote in the Telegraph: "Amid the frustration of a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday, the one benefit is it should focus minds exclusively on the reality of Liverpool's situation. They were never in with a chance of winning the title this season and now find themselves in a mini-league for the fourth Champions League position with Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

"If all eyes will be on the top three between now and May - the title contenders are vastly superior to the rest and will ease further away from the pack now - no one can underestimate the significance for the club that finishes fourth and for those who miss out. It could have an impact on the dynamic within the Premier League for several seasons.

"Liverpool know if they fail to secure fourth this season, Luis Suárez will leave regardless of his recently signing a new contract. A player of his calibre simply cannot afford to miss out on the elite competition for another season."

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