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Apr 3, 2013

Carragher: We're relying on others

Jamie Carragher has acknowledged that Liverpool need favours from other teams if they are to qualify for Europe.

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Carragher, who will bring his 16-year Anfield first-team career to an end when he retires next month, is hoping to finish by helping Brendan Rodgers' side secure a European place.

Sunday's 2-1 victory at Aston Villa - Liverpool's fourth win in five Premier League games - increased the chances of that happening.

But Rodgers' team still have plenty of work to do to reach Europe, as they lie in seventh place with seven matches to play.

They are five points off fifth spot, which would guarantee a place in next season's Europa League, and have seven points to make up on fourth position, which would bring a Champions League berth.

Four of Liverpool's remaining seven games are at home, starting with a visit on Sunday from West Ham, who have not won at Anfield since 1963.

As far as Carragher is concerned, all Liverpool can do is pick up as many points as they can and hope that those above them slip up.

The 35-year-old told the Liverpool Echo: "It all depends on other teams. You just go on to the next game, try to win that and not look too far ahead.

"We have West Ham at home next and they've had a good win at the weekend. So I don't ever look too far ahead and look at the seven games left and Europe."

Arsenal currently occupy fifth spot, which is likely to be the only Premier League placing which will bring qualification for next season's Europa League.

Chelsea and Manchester City are likely to qualify for the Champions League, but if they were to do so and then win the FA Cup, the Europa League place that comes with the trophy would default first to the runners-up - who, in this instance, would be top-flight strugglers Wigan or Championship side Millwall.

The only way that sixth place in the Premier League could bring European qualification would be if Swansea, the Capital One Cup winners, were to make an unlikely late run to finish fifth.

In that event, Michael Laudrup's side would effectively have qualified for the Europa League twice. They would take the European spot secured by their league finish, and the place they earned by winning the League Cup would default to the top flight's sixth team.

Carragher added: "To be honest, if you asked most of the lads, I don't think they'd know what position will get us into Europe this season.

"Sometimes it's fifth, sometimes sixth and sometimes seventh, so you're not really sure. All we can do is carry on winning games and see where it takes us."

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