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Suarez targets Champions League berth

March 9, 2013
By ESPN staff

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes victory over Tottenham on Sunday can keep his side's hopes of Champions League qualification alive.

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PA PhotosLuis Suarez has scored 21 league goals for Liverpool this season

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Suarez, 25, is the leading scorer in the Premier League with 21 goals this season and is hopeful of adding to his tally when Spurs visit Anfield.

Despite the 10-point gap to fourth-placed Chelsea, Suarez is confident the Reds can return to the top four with a consistent end to the season, having only the league to focus on following disappointment in the Europa League and domestic cups.

"We've been in good form recently and it's a good opportunity to reduce the gap between ourselves and Spurs," he said. "There is a slight chance we can make Champions League football - and if we want to do that, this is the sort of game we need to win."

Suarez is closing in on Robbie Fowler's club record of 28 league goals in a single season, but has quashed claims that he is responsible for lifting Liverpool into the top half of the table.

"You have to work hard as a striker to get into the right positions and anticipate situations - that's important, too," he told liverpoolfc.com. "It's also evidence the team are working well and moving in the right direction as a whole - but at the same time, it is nice as a player to receive personal recognition because it means you're doing a good job."

The Uruguary international has averaged a goal per game since the January arrivals of Daniel Sturridge and Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, with Sturridge immediately proving to be a formidable strike partner.

"Things have been going really well with Daniel, but not only him - there's also Philippe," Suarez said. "They have both brought something and maybe given us an extra cutting edge.

"They are players who can make a difference in a game, so it's been nice to link up with them. The lads who were here before their arrival were doing a fantastic job, but now we have more options as a team."