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Monday 23 April 2018

Cissokho's out to push top-four credentials

Aly Cissokho
Aly Cissokho

Defender Aly Cissokho believes Liverpool can prove they are long-term top-four contenders with victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Despite the Reds sitting third – where they are two points off the top having lost just once in the league and possessing two in-form strikers in Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez – doubts remain over their ability to sustain a challenge.

But Valencia loanee Cissokho insists the Merseysiders have enough experience and quality in their ranks to see it through to the end of the season and secure a return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

MESSAGE

"I think if we could get the three points against Arsenal it would send a strong message to the other teams in the competition," said the Frenchman. "We'll take it one match at a time but we have started well and we are near the top of the league, although there will be difficult matches.

"The tough ones can be against the lower teams in the league, where you might think of having a more relaxed outing.

"But if you're setting out to qualify for the Champions League through a domestic league like the Premier League you really have to concentrate and remain serious for each match, whether it's against a team from the lower end of the table or one right at the top."

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho returns to the Liverpool squad having been out of action for more than six weeks.

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