Adam Lallana: We can finish the season at third place
The Reds currently sit seventh in the Premier League but a 3-2 win over Tottenham on Tuesdayboosted their chances of a top four finish and the midfielder is optimistic
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is aiming for third place after his team continued their good form with a 3-2 win over Tottenham on Tuesday.
Mario Balotelli's first Premier League goal, set up by substitute Lallana, for the Reds saw them cut the gap between them and sixth-placed Tottenham to a point.
The 26-year-old believes the return of striker Daniel Sturridge, as well as improvement from the club's summer signings and the confidence of a nine-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, should have them aiming for third.
"That's a massive three points for us," Lallana told the Liverpool Echo. "We're only one point behind Tottenham now and we have got everything to play for.
"We can go higher than fourth; we can hit third place. We've got Daniel Sturridge back now and it was great for him to get through 70 minutes.
"I was itching to get on. It was a great game and a great atmosphere and against my old gaffer Mauricio Pochettino who I have a lot of respect for.
"I'm pleased for Mario and that goal will be great for him. He needs to keep working hard. If he does that and keeps putting the effort in then the goals will come."
Rodgers' summer signings had been questioned, with the majority struggling to settle into his team but the likes of Emre Can and Lazar Markovic, in particular, have improved and Lallana says that he never doubted that they would eventually step up.
"We've got a great squad and we're gaining momentum," the former Southampton star enthused. "We were missing Raheem Sterling but Lazar came in and got his goal.
"You look at the likes of Lazar and Emre and you see that a lot of the new players are settling in well and we're seeing that out on the field.
"People were questioning the new signings at the beginning of the season but not for one minute was I questioning them. It was always going to take a little bit of time as they're young players. Now they've settled in, we're starting to see the rewards."
Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur