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Fourth place now not ambitious enough for Liverpool, says ex-Everton star

According to Andy Gray, claiming fourth place isn’t an ambitious enough goal for Liverpool.

The former Everton man, who only just returned to the broadcast booth with BT Sport following his high-profile dismissal from Sky Sports in 2011, thinks the Reds should aim higher than just Champions League qualification.

Few - if any - would have expected Brendan Rodgers’ side to sit just four points off the Premier League summit so deep into the season, keeping pace with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Yet some surrounding the game have remained sceptical to retain the Christmas Day leaders in the discussion for top honours - the manager himself repeatedly downplaying his side’s title chances.

But Gray - a believed admirer of Steven Gerrard despite his Toffees background, thinks a charge for the top spot is in order.

“I watched Liverpool’s match against Fulham recently and when Steven Gerrard scored the penalty to win the game, there was a celebration that showed me the players think they can win this title,” he said on talkSPORT.

“They think they have got a chance and I think they have got a chance.

“They should forget about being fourth, I think that’s done and dusted. Why not have a right go at it?”

Is it all too simple of a statement, though?

For one, Liverpool would of course never be inclined to not make a push for the league crown - they’re closer to table-toppers Chelsea than they are to fifth-place Tottenham.

Indeed, the central point is that the Reds must believe they’re still in the running.

And despite what Rodgers says - that the main objective is to simply keep building at Anfield - one can bet that the Northern Irishman is still eyeing the prize and more than anything looking to not heap expectation on his players.

In view of this, Gray will get his wish, because it’s quite patently the same one held by Liverpool.

It won’t be easy and the odds aren’t great as the pack above will need to switch off for the Merseysiders to ascend to the top but the dream is still alive - even if Rodgers is hesitant to admit it.

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