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Skrtel: Liverpool want top-four spot

Martin Skrtel insists Liverpool "wouldn't be happy finishing fifth", claiming the club must qualify for the Champions League next season.

Skrtel was named Liverpool's Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season.
Martin Skrtel and Liverpool currently sit in second position.

Liverpool have not qualified for Europe's elite club competition for the past four years, and defender Skrtel says the time has come for the Reds to finish near the top of the Premier League standings.

"We definitely wouldn't be happy finishing fifth," Skrtel told the Daily Mirror.

"The target for Liverpool must be the top four -- and that's what we are all looking to achieve.

"For me, I am at one of the biggest clubs in the world. And I would say that all the players here are proud to play for the club -- but everyone has an ambition to play in the Champions League.

"So, it is important to us, as players and for the club's future, that we finish in the top four this season.

"At ­Liverpool, the expectations are always high and last season was not good for us, so the aim this time was to start well. We have played very well so far and we can have ­confidence in the future, but only qualifying for the Champions League will count as a success."

Key to a top-four finish, and success beyond this term, is the future of Luis Suarez. Skrtel hopes the Uruguayan striker remains at Anfield in the long-term.

"If we want to play at the top level, we need to have the top players and, for me, Luis Suarez is one of the top strikers in the world," said Skrtel.

"Luis has had some problems in the past, but, off the pitch, he's a very nice guy. He is my neighbour and I socialise with him off the pitch as well. He is a simple guy who enjoys having his family around him.

"I have even met Luis in Tesco a few times, doing his shopping, so he has no problems living a normal family life in Liverpool."


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