Midfielder Emre Can is confident Liverpool are back to their best after the mid-season slump which derailed their title bid.
The comfortable 3-1 victory in the 228th Merseyside derby made it 10 points from the last 12 and included wins over Everton, Arsenal and Burnley and a draw at Manchester City.
It strengthened their spot in the top four and with all the other Champions League-chasing teams having to play at least one other of the top six – Liverpool have no remaining opponents currently above eight place – there is the opportunity for the Reds to further consolidate.
“It has not been secured (with this result) but it is our target to play in the Champions League,” said Can.
“In December, January and February was not our best football but now we are back, we did it in the last couple of games.
“It was very important to win that game. There are still eight games to go and we have to keep it up.”