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Benitez expects top-four finish
09 Dec 2009 - 07:46:48
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has confidently declared that the Anfield club will be back in the Champions League next season.
The Reds' patchy form this season has left them down in seventh place in the Premier League table and unable to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League despite still having one group game remaining.
But despite suggestions that they could miss out on next season's Champions League, Benitez insists he has no concerns about his side's Premier League top-four credentials.
"I am convinced we will have Champions League football back here next season," declared the Spaniard ahead of Wednesday's dead-rubber game against Fiorentina.
"We have a good team, a good squad and we can win games in a row now. We have not lost in six and kept three consecutive clean sheets, that is positive and an improvement on what was happening a few weeks ago.
"We know what it means to play in the Champions League. The players certainly understand.
"We have the right experience and I am confident we will finish in the top four, at least, so we must concentrate on our league games to achieve that.
"We have Arsenal next, then Wigan in midweek before Portsmouth away the following Saturday.
"We must win those games to get ourselves back into a strong position to make sure we do qualify for the tournament next season."