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Adam still dreaming of top-four for Reds

LIVERPOOL midfielder Charlie Adam believes the next month will define the club's season and refuses to rule out Champions League qualification.

Last weekend's defeat to Arsenal left the Reds 10 points adrift of fourth place, but they have a packed schedule coming up which gives them every opportunity of clawing back lost ground.

They travel to Sunderland tomorrow, before returning to Anfield for the Merseyside derby on Tuesday, ahead of the visit of Stoke in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

"March is probably going to define the season for us and we're going to keep playing and trying to win as many games as we can," said the Scotland international.

"You can never give up -- you never know what can happen in this league. We'll never give up, no matter what.

"The aim is still there to challenge and we're in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, so we're looking forward to the rest of the season.


"We've got a lot of tough games, but they're games that we're ready for and hopefully we can win as many games as we can."

Last weekend's loss to Arsenal was the Reds first home defeat of the season. However, their performance lacked nothing but a cutting edge, as they missed a penalty and hit the post twice.

"Now it's a case of dusting ourselves down and getting ready for the next game," Adam added. "It's a tough game away at Sunderland and we know we've got to be ready for it."

Manager Kenny Dalglish will not dwell on his side's difficulties.

He said: "We'll continue to do what we do best: that is to play the way we train. If we play the way we train we will eventually get our reward."