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LUIS SUAREZ has blocked out all thoughts of re­turn­ing to Wem­b­ley as he looks to pro­pel Liver­pool on a late surge to the Cham­pi­ons League.

Kenny Dal­glish’s Car­ling Cup win­ners are on course for a tro­phy dou­ble af­ter se­cur­ing an FA Cup semi-final spot.

But their stut­ter­ing league form, one win in five league games, needs to im­prove if they hope to get fourth place.

And Suarez who hit the win­ner against QPR at An­field in De­cem­ber, is re­fus­ing to give up hope of snatch­ing a seat in Europe’s top com­pe­ti­tion.

The Uruguay hot-shot said: “Go­ing back to Wem­b­ley will be great, but we have to con­cen­trate on the league games com­ing up be­fore we be­gin to think about Wem­b­ley. It’s dif­fi­cult to grab a place in the Cham­pi­ons League.

“But we will keep bat­tling hard right un­til the end of the sea­son and try to give a good ac­count of our­selves.”

Mark Hughes has or­dered his big­name QPR play­ers to step up to the chal­lenge of stay­ing in the top-flight.

Sparky needs all his main men to step up and be counted, es­pe­cially the new Jan­uary sign­ings Bobby Zamora and Djib­ril Cisse.

Hughes said: “It is im­por­tant that we get big per­for­mances from ev­ery­one in the first 11 or from off the bench.” KIERAN GIBBS claims Arse­nal are on course for their only tar­get this term – to fin­ish higher than Tot­ten­ham.

The Gun­ners have gone on a five-match un­beaten run in the league to close the gap on their arch-ri­vals to just one point.

They can go above Apurs tonight if they do bet­ter against Ever­ton than Spurs do against Stoke and Gibbs said: “We’ve seen over the last few sea­sons that any­thing can hap­pen.

“It’s im­por­tant for us to ce­ment our place in the top four and keep win­ning.

“We know Ever­ton will be a dif­fi­cult game but we have the mo­men­tum, so we want to con­tinue that.”

Arse­nal’s win­ning streak came as Gibbs and fel­low

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