Belfast Telegraph

Carragher focused on top-four finish

Veteran Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the Reds must forget about mounting a title challenge in the near future and focus instead on getting back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

Liverpool are looking for their third manager in as many years after owners Fenway Sports Group sacked Kenny Dalglish on the back of a disappointing Premier League campaign, despite winning the Carling Cup and reaching the FA Cup final.

Speaking at the ITV Sport Euro 2012 launch in central London, Carragher said: "We have got a trophy and we got to a cup final, so in the domestic cup competitions we have had a fantastic season, but in the league we all know it was a disappointment. We all realise now the Champions League is very important. It's the place to be seen and we are not there."

He went on: "Liverpool fans probably don't want to hear it, but it is an achievement getting into the top four. It is different to what it was a long time ago.

"I have been in the team 15 years and we have only challenged for the title a couple of times, which is obviously not what we would like and not good enough for us.

"At the moment I don't think the title is in everyone's mind, I think top four first.

"Let's try and get back in that top four first as quickly as we can and then once you cement your place in there, you establish yourself and go again really, as we did with [Gerard] Houllier and [Rafa] Benitez.

"We were in the Champions League for a couple of years and then had that tilt at the title and just fell short.

"I think at the moment the task is to try and get back into that top four."

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