Sterling wants Champions League place with Liverpool

Raheem Sterling believes Liverpool can challenge for a top four place in the Premier League next season and seal a return to the Champions League, according to BBC Sport.

The Reds ended the season just gone in seventh place, 12 points adrift of the Champions League spots but Sterling believes that a full season with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho in the side will make the difference.

Sturridge, bought from Chelsea, and Coutinho, signed from Inter, both arrived in the January transfer window and had impressive half-campaigns at Anfield, Sturridge scoring 11 goals in 16 games and Coutinho entering a number of eye-catching performances.

We can definitely be in the top four,” Sterling said. “We finished the season strongly, so hopefully we can start the new one that way and push for a good position.

The two signings we brought into the club in January – Coutinho and Sturridge – really kicked the team on,” Sterling added. “I am really looking forward to getting a chance to play with them and have a good season for the team. I really feel we have a strong chance to be in the top four.

Sterling went on to say that the signs from Brendan Rodgers’ first season as manager were encouraging and that he is hopeful of overcoming a thigh problem in time to play a large part in the manager’s second campaign at the club.

The former QPR winger was given his first senior start at Liverpool by Rodgers in August 2012 and featured regularly in the side until New Year, breaking into the full England set-up in November. But Sterling will miss the European Under-21 Championships in Israel this summer because of his thigh problem.

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