WE CAN KOP A TOP-FOUR SPOT

Stur­ridge in­sists Reds have proved their threat

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By GRA­HAM CHASE

DANIEL STUR­RIDGE is adamant that Liver­pool have shown they can nab a top-four spot.

The Reds se­cured de­cent 2-2 draws at both Ar­se­nal and cham­pi­ons Man City last week.

Bren­dan Rodgers’ side have still not taken the scalp of a top side in the Pre­mier League this term.

And they re­main nine points off fourth-placed Tot­ten­ham.

But Stur­ridge – who has bagged four goals in six games since join­ing from Chelsea – is eye­ing a re­turn to Europe’s top com­pe­ti­tion. He said: “In our last two games we have played against two great clubs and de­served to win both of them.

“We got two good re­sults in fair­ness, even though in our hearts we know we should have had six points.

Char­ac­ter

“But we didn’t lose, so hats off to the play­ers for the char­ac­ter they showed.

“We’ll re­group and get ready for our next game against West Brom, which is an­other mas­sive game for us be­cause they are chal­leng­ing for the top places. We are nine points off the top four so it’s not a mas­sive gap to try to re­coup.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to do that – we be­lieve we can.

“We still have to play Chelsea and Tot­ten­ham at home, and the other teams chal­leng­ing have to play each other, so hopefully we can win those home games and stamp our author­ity.”

Jonjo Shelvey has hailed Kop skip­per Steven Ger­rard as his “per­fect role model” – af­ter mov­ing in next door.

Eng­land Un­der-21 and Reds mid­fielder Shelvey has just bought a house along­side the player he has al­ways looked up to at An­field.

And Shelvey said: “Steven has been first class with me ever since I came into the club.

“I’ve moved in next door to him now, which is even bet­ter be­cause if I need any ad­vice he is al­ways there.

“I get to see him quite a bit. I’ve not popped around for a cup of tea yet but he is al­ways wel­come to come around for a game of pool.

“He’s just a great role model to learn from – you can’t say enough about Ste­vie. He does his talk­ing on and off the pitch. He lives the life of a proper pro­fes­sional foot­baller.”

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