Liverpool defender Jose Enrique insists Liverpool will continue to fight for a place in the top four and entry into the Champions League - but admits it will be difficult.
Despite winning the Carling Cup, Liverpool's league form has been poor recently and Steven Gerrard's hat-trick against Everton in the Merseyside derby provided the first goals scored by a home player in the league at Anfield this calendar year.
Victory over Everton still left Liverpool 14th in the current Premier League form table.
"We have to be realistic about the Champions League and we are 10 points behind so it is going to be really hard," said Enrique. "But we are still trying because the league hasn't finished yet.
"All season we have not put together regular wins. If you look at Arsenal at the start of the season they did not win their first three games and everyone said they were bad. Now they are one point behind (third-placed) Tottenham. We are like that.
"I know Champions League [qualification] is so difficult but there are still many points to play for and if we play like we did against Everton you never know.
"We got a good result [against Everton] but in many games we deserved more this season. But when you don't win you don't care how you win - what is more important is the three points.
"But I don't think we have played badly this season; against a lot of teams we have played well and we have been unlucky with the goals. If we can play like we did against Everton we can beat anyone."