Glen Johnson: Liverpool’s season hinges on Champions League spot

Glen Johnson believes Liverpool's season will be a considered a failure unless they qualify for the Champions League

Glen Johnson has admitted Liverpool’s season will be considered a failure despite their Carling Cup final win if the Reds fail to finish in the top four.

The 27-year-old scored from the spot in Liverpool’s 3-2 penalty shootout victory over Cardiff City in the final at Wembley, ending the Reds’ six-year trophy drought.

Liverpool face Stoke City in their FA Cup quarter-final tie, but Kenny Dalglish’s side trail fourth-placed Arsenal by 10 points in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“I think it would be a failure to miss out on the Champions League,” said Johnson. “Purely because that was the main objective, but of course you’d rather not finish in the top four with a trophy, then end up with nothing from the season.

“The ideal is to finish in the top four certainly, but I think everyone is pleased we’ve got a trophy, and hopefully we can pick up another one.

“Definitely the main aim for this season, and every season, is the top four.

“I heard Steven [Gerrard] say recently that the team Liverpool have now is better than the one they had when they were in the top four.

“Obviously there is the top six fighting for the top four places, so it shows how strong the Premier League has become.”

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