Liverpool can catch Chelsea in race for fourth, insists Jamie Carragher

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher insists the Reds are still in the mix to secure Champions League football for next season

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Jamie Carragher has made 16 appearances for the Reds this term Photo: ChoonMing, via Flickr

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Jamie Carragher is convinced Liverpool can overturn the five-point gap to fourth place and secure Champions League football for next season.

The Reds’ hopes of a top-four finish were dented on Saturday when they were held to a goalless draw by a resilient Stoke City at Anfield.

Kenny Dalglish’s men currently sit in seventh place, five points behind Chelsea in fourth, but the veteran centre-half is remaining upbeat over his side’s chances of catching the Blues before the end of the season.

“[Stoke] have got a very strong back four and unfortunately we couldn’t break them down,” said Carragher after Liverpool’s seventh home draw of the season. “It’s been a problem a few times at Anfield this season.

“We need to sort that out before the end of the season if we want to get to where we want to be, which is obviously the top four.

“We had a good result at Manchester City and we wanted to build on that. It is a bit of a comedown but we have had that plenty of times this season.

“People have been disappointed with some results but then we have got a result that people don’t expect. We are still up there, very close to the top four.”

Carragher, who turns 34 this month, also admitted he was flattered by talk of a possible role at Anfield after he hangs up his boots.

“If the manager has mentioned that role, I’m sure we will discuss it in the future,” Carragher told Liverpool’s website. “Of course I’d like to stay on but that’s not something I want to talk about at the minute.

“I still want to concentrate on playing. I want to get as much out of my playing career as I possibly can.”

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