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Liverpool can still snatch fourth spot, argues Carragher

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher insists the players still believe they can finish fourth in the Barclays Premier League.

Sunday's 2-1 loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford left Rafael Benitez's side four points adrift of the final Champions League qualification spot, currently occupied by Tottenham.

Liverpool have played more matches than Tottenham, Manchester City and Aston Villa but do have a slightly easier-looking run-in on paper.

Carragher said the players had to forget the United defeat and focus on trying to win all their seven matches.

“We have just got to recover from this as quickly as possible and get on a run of victories,” said the 32-year-old.

“Of course we believe we can still close the gap. They (Liverpool's rivals) will have difficult spells and we have got to make sure we take maximum points when they do.

“Maybe there will be more criticism of us now and at a club like Liverpool, the pressure is never off.

“Things are a bit more difficult but we have still got lots of points to play for.”

Carragher felt their third match in a week, after victories over Portsmouth last Monday and Lille on Thursday, took its toll at Old Trafford.

“We did well to a certain point but we played last Monday, then again on Thursday and then had to come into this match,” Carragher said.

“The squad hasn't been strong enough for one reason or another this season but it was still a big ask to go there after that run, particularly as United had all week to prepare.

“But we have lost and you have got to move on, as this was the most difficult fixture we had before the season end.”

Should Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League there will be continued speculation about the futures of the likes of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

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