The Reds have the chance to hoist themselves above fourth-placed Manchester United on Sunday as Louis van Gaal’s side make the short trip to Anfield.
If we can finish in the top four, then we can push on and challenge for the title again next season
Liverpool are the Premier League’s form team in 2015 thanks to a run of 13 top-flight games unbeaten, including wins against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Sturridge, who returned from his injury nightmare in early February, believes Liverpool must focus on securing their place in next season’s Champions League amid talk of a possible second-placed finish.
“It is important to secure fourth place and then from there look on,” Sturridge told Liverpool’s website.
“To finish in the top four is realistic for us, it’s what we’re aiming to do, and if we can get higher than that then perfect.
“But finishing in the top four is the objective and that’s the most important thing for us. It’s not about aiming for anything other than that now.
“If we can finish in the top four, then we can push on and challenge for the title again next season.
“I think top four is definitely possible for us.”
Liverpool were 1-0 winners against Swansea City at Liberty Stadium on Monday night thanks to Jordan Henderson’s second-half winner.
The Reds are looking to qualify for the Champions League in successive season for the first time since 2009.
United, meanwhile, warmed up for their trip to Merseyside with an emphatic 3-0 win against Tottenham at Old Trafford on Sunday.
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