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we can finish top four

Liverpool can still finish in the Premier League's top four and claim a place in next season's Champions League, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Sunday after a 2-2 home draw with Arsenal.

The point, earned by Martin Skrtel's last-gasp header, left Liverpool in 10th place going into the hectic Christmas fixture list, nine points behind fourth-placed West Ham United.

While it looks an unpromising position, Rodgers believes his side are beginning to gel after a poor start to a campaign which has already seen them bow out of this season's Champions League.

"Slowly we are getting back to where we want to get back to," Rodgers told reporters. "I'm delighted with the performance. I thought we were outstanding."

When asked if a top-four finish was possible, Rodgers replied: "Absolutely!"

"We've got to make up (the gap) over the next part of season. We've shown we can put together a run of results."

Rodgers is also looking forward to the return of striker Daniel Sturridge in the New Year having spent the festive period with specialists in the United States.

"That will be really exciting for this team.

"Put him back in and we will be back to that flow in our game and results hopefully," Rodgers added of England forward Sturridge, who scored more than 20 goals for the Reds last season.

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