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Skrtel still confident Liverpool can reach the summit

Defender Martin Skrtel hinted that should Liverpool embark on a long unbeaten run they could drastically close the gap on the top three. The Reds have won three and drawn one of their last four matches and that has taken them to within a point of fourth-placed Tottenham.

"In the Premier League we want to finish fourth in the worst case," said the Slovakia international, who thinks the club's FA Cup third-round exit to Reading will actually help.

"Unlike our rivals we will be playing fewer games, so we should be more relaxed and have more energy.

"I believe we will reach our objective of finishing within the top four.

"Also, we are still in the Europa League and will be trying to get as far as possible."

Skrtel told the Liverpool Echo: "I firmly believe that better times are ahead of us as up to present we have been far behind the pre-season objectives.

"The last two games against Stoke and Tottenham showed us that we are ready to do our best for the club. We would like to start a long winning run."

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