Brendan Rodgers still harbours hopes of top-four finish for Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers says he is still optimistic Liverpool can secure a top-four finish this season after their 5-0 victory over Swansea

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Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool are currently in seventh Photo: Back Page Images

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Brendan Rodgers refused to rule Liverpool out of the running for a top-four finish this season after watching his side thrash Swansea on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool the lead from the penalty spot before Philippe Coutinho netted his first goal for the club shortly after half-time.

Goals from Jose Enrique, Luis Suárez and a Daniel Sturridge spot-kick then capped off a impressive attacking display at Anfield to hoist Rodgers’ men into seventh place in the Premier League table.

The Reds are still nine points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have a game in hand, with 11 games left to play.

But Rodgers feels that Champions League qualification is not yet out of reach.

“For me, I will always say something is possible if it is mathematically possible,” said Rodgers. “Say, for example, we won 10 out of our last 12 games, that would take us close to fourth place.

“While there’s a chance I have to retain my optimism.

“So while we haven’t given up, we also know it’s going to be very difficult. I don’t want to be hung out to dry as a fool.”

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