The Liverpool midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard has said that the team should be pushing for a top four positions before the end of the 2012 year. Liverpool have endured a number of difficult seasons in the last few seasons, as they have been unable to qualify for the Champions League for the last three seasons. They were expected to at least fight for a top four positions under the new manager Brendan Rodgers, but a poor start to the new season meant that they have been languishing in the bottom half of the table. However, recent run of good results with wins against Southampton and West Ham United have raised their league position.

Gerrard now wants the club to finish the year 2012 on a strong note by winning most of the matches during the Christmas period. It will also help them to at least challenge for top four spot. Even with all their struggles during the early part of the campaign, Liverpool are just four points off the top four spot. Hence, Gerrard sees the prospect of finishing in the top four as a realistic possibility this season, but the team needs to keep up the momentum during the Christmas fixtures as well in order to achieve this position.

“We’re building slowly towards where we want to be. We’ve got two home games now against Aston Villa and Fulham. If we can capitalise and make it 12 points out of 12 then we will find ourselves a lot closer to fourth. It’s a platform to build on. We just have to focus on Villa now. Come the end of December we’re really looking to be close to that fourth position,” said the Gerrard after the win over West Ham. Liverpool now have three victories in the last five matches.