Top-four finish AND Europa League glory the target – Lovren

Date published: Sunday 20th March 2016 11:40

Dejan Lovren: Sets targets for rest of season

Liverpool’s ever-improving centre-half Dejan Lovren insists the club believe they can finish in the top four and win the Europa League this season.

The Croatian defender believes the Reds can end Jurgen Klopp’s first season in charge with a trophy to show for their efforts – and seal a return to the Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp’s men face Lovren’s former club ­Southampton on Sunday, having moved into the quarter-finals of the Europa League by ­overcoming Manchester United on Thursday.

And centre-back Lovren is confident that Liverpool can land a place in next season’s Champions League.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, he said: “We know where we go if we achieve one or both our aims – the Champions League. There are another 10 games left in the Premier League and then five games, if we progress all the way in the Europa, and we will push hard in both directions.

“We have two games more to play than the other teams around us, so it’s an important game at Southampton and we are going there to win and close the gap to the top four.

“I definitely think we can do it – we have the momentum.”

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Lovren added: “We are in a good moment after getting past United. It’s a great atmosphere around the club, the fans and the players are happy.

“Everyone is fit now and we just need to be consistent. The problem earlier in the season was inconsistency, losing points against the smaller teams. That was the key thing.

“If we had the same attitude as we have had in these last four or five games, we would be at the top. But there are a lot of points still available – nothing’s done.”

Lovren has warned the Reds that they will face a much tougher test against Southampton this time.

A Philippe Coutinho-inspired performance at Old Trafford helped Liverpool to ease past United, but Lovren said: “It isn’t just having Coutinho that gives me confidence. We also have Sturridge, Origi and Firmino.

“Everyone is fit and in top form now and that’s the most important thing for us.Mypoint of view is that we just need to defend well because we will score goals with the players we have.”

He added: “This will be a different game, not like in the League Cup when we won 6-1.

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