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Liverpool's quest for Champions League qualification continue this weekend, as Swansea City arrive on Merseyside. The Reds have been in great form of late, and another win could put Brendan Rodgers' side firmly into the title race, and Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho has called on his team mates to perform like they did against Everton and Arsenal, where Liverpool secured big wins.
“We’ve reached the moment when we have to be fully concentrated and alert in all matches. The matches against Arsenal and Everton must be our reference so we can keep it up in all matches and sustain the same level until the very end," said Coutinho.
“We want to be back in the Champions League and to be in contention for the title. The league is very difficult as it has big clubs. There’s massive competition in the league here, all matches are very difficult.
"We're in a fairly good position at the moment but there are 12 matches to be played. There's still much to happen and we're hoping to keep up on this path," he added.
A key player in their recent great form has been winger Raheem Sterling, and Reds captain Steven Gerrard believes that the youngster has a great chance of breaking into Roy Hodgson's England squad ahead of the World Cup this summer, with Theo Walcott almost certainly set to miss the competition through injury.
"Raheem has been in great form over the last couple of months and I'm sure Roy is watching him very closely," Gerrard told the club's official website.
"The Arsenal game was an unbelievable performance from a guy of that age. I was just disappointed he didn't go on and get his hat-trick. His form of late has been sensational and if he continues that until the end of the season, we will see him at the World Cup."
Meanwhile, left back Aly Cissokho has reiterated his desire to stay at Anfield. The Frenchman is on a season-long loan from La Liga side Valencia, and was originally signed to be cover for Jose Enrique. But when the Spaniard suffered an injury, Cissokho was thrust into the starting line-up, and would seemingly prefer to stay with Liverpool rather than head back to Spain.
“Valencia is a great club, but in Spain there are several economic problems. I have given my very best for Liverpool and we will see at the end of the season what both clubs will decide. If I have to leave Liverpool, I will leave. I am doing a nice job and that is the most important," said Cissokho.
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