Liverpool legend: Forget top four, Arsenal are catchable!

A Reds fan favourite has claimed that the club's ambitions should be higher than merely capturing a qualifying position for next season's Champions League.

For Liverpool, currently fourth in the Premier League with 53 points, a point behind Manchester City, two behind Arsenal and three behind Chelsea, there would be a clear lack of ambition if they settled for merely pursuing a position they already have a command over as they should instead raise their objectives for the end of the season by leapfrogging Arsenal.

That is the view of Reds legend John Aldridge, who returned 63 goals from 104 games in a Liverpool shirt, and believes that the senior squad must now get into the mentality that every single one of their dozen remaining games in the division must be treated like a cup final - playing with the spirit of Istanbul, the FA Cup coup in 2006, or the League Cup triumph two years ago.

'We can't take our eyes off the ball now. You've got to concentrate on every single game; you've got 12 cup finals,' explained Aldridge to the club's official website. 'Excuse the pun, but that's what it is now, to get in the Champions League and try to get above Arsenal. Why not? I think they are catchable.'

Liverpool may have gained substantial self-confidence from their 5-1 annihilation of Arsenal at Anfield, yet were undone in the FA Cup fifth round when they once again clashed with the Gunners, this time on their patch at the Emirates Stadium, but were defeated.

Considering their exits from both cup competitions, Liverpool are now liberated from potential distractions in other competitions while teams such as Manchester City and Arsenal compete on three fronts while Chelsea campaign in two.

'I don't know about Chelsea and City, they have got to come here. There is a lot of scope in this team, we can score a lot of goals between now and the end of the season. If we can tighten up at the back, away from home in particular, you don't know where we can end up.

'We can get third place. To get top is asking a lot.'

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