Skrtel targets top-four finish for Liverpool

Martin Skrtel is targeting a top-four finish with Liverpool this season, with the defender describing Champions League football as the dream for every player at Anfield, writes Sky Sports.

The Reds centre-back has played two seasons of Champions League football since joining Liverpool, but the last four campaigns have seen Liverpool miss out on the competition. But Brendan Rodgers’ side have made an impressive start to the season and sit just two points off league leaders Arsenal, having lost just twice this campaign.

A good start was something we targeted and prepared for,” Skrtel said. “But the season is very long and we just go from game to game trying to get as many points as possible.

All of us believe that this season we can stay towards the top positions and get back into Europe. To play in the Champions League is the dream for every player. We are working hard every single day to achieve that. I hope at the end of the season we will be happy.

Skrtel joined Liverpool from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2008 when Rafael Benitez was in charge, and the Slovak has made 160 appearances for the club. The 28-year-old has been named Slovak Footballer of the Year on four occasions, and played during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Skrtel has seen his place come under some pressure with the arrivals of Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho, and the defender is aware of the competition. “Now I am just trying hard to keep myself in the team, and that’s not easy with six centre-backs competing for two or three places,” he said

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