Luis Suarez is confident Liverpool can maintain their Premier League form and secure a return to the Champions League.
The Reds enjoyed six successive campaigns in the competition between 2004 and 2010 but have missed out on the top four domestically in each of the last four seasons, which has left them with Europa League football, at best.
Brendan Rodgers’ side appear determined to rejoin Europe’s elite and currently sit fourth in the Premier League, behind only Arsenal, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
While they remain in the hunt for the title – they are fourth favourites in sports betting – a Champions League place is a more realistic goal for Liverpool, one that Suarez fully believes they can achieve.
“Now we are playing very well and we have the level to play in the Champions League,” the Uruguay international told the club’s official website. “We have really good players and if we continue at this level, we can do it.”
The 26-year-old striker has been the driving force behind Liverpool’s impressive season so far. He has scored 22 league goals in just 16 games and was captain in the absence of Steven Gerrard last month. It has been quite a turnaround since he asked to leave Anfield last summer, a request that led to much speculation among those who bet online.
Suarez, who signed a new long-term deal with the Reds before Christmas, found the net twice in last weekend’s 5-3 victory at Stoke, one that continued Liverpool’s recovery after back-to-back defeats over the festive period.
The former Ajax star insisted his teammates have simplified his job this term and says he is not concerned who scores as long as Liverpool pick up all three points.
“The squad is playing very well; for the forwards, it’s easier on the pitch,” Suarez added. “If I score or not, it’s not important to me. It’s more important that we win the game.”