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Feb 5, 2014

Suarez eyes Liverpool win over Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that he has no regrets over their failed attempt to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as they prepare to face each other in the Premier League.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes a victory against Premier League leaders Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday will put his side in pole position to claim a Champions League return.

Luis Suarez is confident in Liverpool's Champions League chances
Luis Suarez is confident in Liverpool's Champions League chances.

Suarez has led the Liverpool challenge for a top four finish in stunningly impressive fashion this season and he accepts his side's next game could be hugely significant in their ambitions for the rest of the season.

Liverpool lost 2-0 to Arsenal in the reverse fixture at Emirates Stadium back in November, but Suarez is convinced his team have what it takes to improve on that result in a month when they will also play the Gunners in an FA Cup fifth round tie.

"Arsenal are the leaders in the table and victory would be good for morale, give the whole squad an enormous injection and reduce the points difference at the top," the Premier League's top scorer is quoted in the Daily Mirror.

"We didn't have success at the Emirates, so our objective now is to win and I believe we have that chance."

The Uruguayan striker suspects the battle for a prized top four finish in the Premier League could run to the final day of the season, with his side's hopes very much in their own hands despite last weekend's disappointing 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

"It's rare that everything could be decided on the last day, but we must keep going and to ensure that happens we need results against the other main candidates," he added.

Suarez's Liverpool team-mate Martin Skrtel is a little more bullish when he gives his thoughts on the clash with Arsene Wenger's Gunners, as he is convinced a victory is within reach for Brendan Rodgers' side.

"I'm confident we can beat Arsenal. We definitely have the strength to do so," he told the Liverpool website. "They are the leaders at the moment but we can give them a hard time. It won't be an easy game but I am sure we can do something in front of our fans."

Liverpool will move to within five points of Arsenal with a victory this weekend, yet Rodgers has already written off his side's hopes of mounting a title push in the final third of the campaign.

Rodgers' focus is on Champions League qualification that could open so many doors for Liverpool and may also serve to push arch rivals Manchester United out of Europe's elite competition for the first time since 1995.

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