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Skrtel confident of Champions League qualification
Skrtel confident of Champions League qualification

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Skrtel confident of Champions League qualification
Martin Skrtel is confident that Liverpool is capable of maintaining its strong start to the season and can qualify for the Champions League.

The Reds sit two points off Premier League leader Arsenal in second place after 11 games, as the club aims to finish in the top four for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign.

The Slovakia international feels Brendan Rodgers' side has what it takes to qualify for Europe's elite club competition this term.

"A good start was something we targeted and prepared for," he told the Liverpool Echo. "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 had been linked with a move away from Anfield this summer but ultimately stayed, and he says he is happy with his decision.

"I have been here at Liverpool for six years and it's been a great six years for me," he continued. "Playing for such an illustrious club like Liverpool for six years is something any footballer would be proud of. I will be 29 in December, I have a contract here for three more years and I am very happy. I will keep striving to do my best and see what that time brings.

"Now I am just trying hard to keep myself in the team, and that's not easy with six center backs competing for two or three places."

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