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Are Liverpool genuine contenders for top four challenge?

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident that his side have a good chance of qualifying for the Champions League this season.

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Brendan Rodgers is confident that Liverpool will finish in top four

The Reds are nine points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur and though the chances of making it in the top four is difficult but can’t be ruled out as impossible.

The Anfield giants will face West Bromwich Albion on Monday night and ahead of the match Rodgers said as quoted in the press:

“We have nine points difference but we can do it, there is no question about that. It is a lot of points to make up but we will fight and accept the challenge in front of us.”

Steve Clarke, the manager of West Brom insisted that Liverpool are probably playing the best football in the country and his claims are not totally untrue.

Though results have not gone according to their way as much as they liked but their recent two away performances against Arsenal and Manchester City are testimony of the above claim made by Clarke.

They are looking more settled now under Rodgers. The manager has been able to preach what he exactly wants from them and the players are slowly getting used to his methods. Their home form which was wretched under Kenny Dalglish has improved in recent months and the bunch looks a happy unit now.

The question is can they close that nine point gap within the next 12 games?

If we study the fixture list, we will see that from now onwards Liverpool have an easy run of fixtures. The only big teams they are yet to face are Tottenham, Everton and Chelsea but all those three fixtures are at Anfield, which gives them a better chance than if it had been away from home.

The stick with which the media are beating Liverpool at the moment is their incapability of winning matches against top 10 sides. Tonight, there is a chance to change that record. If Liverpool are serious about Champions League football, they must not drop too many points from now on.

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