The Reds lost further ground this weekend despite a dramatic equaliser against Arsenal at Anfield.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that his underperforming side are still capable of securing Champions League qualification at the end of the season, report the Mail, despite the fact that the Reds lost further ground on the top four this weekend after they needed a last gasp Martin Skrtel header to secure a deserved point against Arsenal at Anfield today.
Liverpool’s performance against Arsene Wenger’s side was one of their most impressive of the season, however, as they dominated the long periods of the match before being punished for not taking their chances by the much more clinical visitors – although the Reds did do brilliantly to secure a point even after substitute Fabio Borini had been sent off.
Rodgers praised his side’s performance in the 2-2 draw, but also acknowledged the lack of cutting edge that was shown, particularly in the one-sided first half, and feels that the return of injured striker Daniel Sturridge could help them to secure a top four finish come crunch time:
“Absolutely. It is always going to be a big challenge. Of course, we have to make up points but we have shown this is a club that can go on a run and win games.”
“In the second half of last season, we went on a run of 11 wins. The most important thing is the confidence. When we bring Daniel Sturridge back in January, we can get back to being that team.”
They will have to turn the performance against Arsenal into more consistent displays and, crucially, results sooner rather than later if they are going to make it back into Europe’s biggest competition, however, with the likes of Manchester United and even Southampton some way ahead of the Reds.