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Liverpool boss Benitez: Fourth place is ours

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez believes yesterday's draw with Birmingham City has wrapped up fourth-place for them.

"I was happy with the second half, really pleased, the team was much better, and to score two goals and have chances to the end was very positive," he said.

"Today we needed to change all the players from the Chelsea game and try to keep the high tempo during the games. With this team, we were creating a lot of chances too so it is pleasing.

"The idea was to win and guarantee fourth place. A draw was also an option and hopefully we can progress in the Champions League now and be able to be really focused on the final if we get there.

"We started the game, controlling almost everything for 30 minutes, and then we conceded a goal. At half-time were talking about how to improve things and the mentality of the players was a massive positive.

"You must guarantee being in the Champions League. At least we are assured of that now and now we can think of the Champions League itself."

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