John Aldridge sets Liverpool FC top-four challenge

John Aldridge wants Liverpool FC to be in the Premier League's top four on 1 January 2018

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

John Aldridge believes Liverpool FC need to be in the top four heading into the second half of the season ahead of a hectic festive schedule.

The Reds are in fifth place in the Premier League table and 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City after 11 games so far this season.

Liverpool are four points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea as Klopp’s side look to secure a top-four place in back-to-back seasons.

The Merseyside outfit have won their last three games in all competitions after Liverpool beat Huddersfield Town, Maribor and West Ham United.

The 18-time English champions have already faced Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in their opening 11 fixtures.

Former Liverpool striker Aldridge believes Klopp’s side need to extend their winning run over the next 13 games up until 1 January when the Reds will take on Burnley at Turf Moor.

“We’re entering a hectic period for the football club now, with 12 games between now and New Year’s Day,” Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.

“Burnley away on January 1 will actually be game no.13, if you can believe that. Ridiculous!

“Our aim has to be in the top four come the turn of the year. That is definitely what we should be looking for.

“We struggled a little last season when the fixtures piled up but this is why the options at Jurgen’s disposal are going to be so important. You’ve got to keep players fresh in the modern game, so there will be a fair bit of rotating, I imagine.”

Liverpool have only qualified for the Champions League twice in the past eight seasons under Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and then Klopp.

The Reds have never won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

Liverpool signed four players in the summer transfer window to improve their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.

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