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Harry's Red alert

Posted on 26 November 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp is in no doubt that Liverpool are serious contenders for a place in the Premier League's top four this season.

Harry's Red alert

Harry Redknapp is in no doubt that Liverpool are serious contenders for a place in the Premier League's top four this season.

Our Champions League qualification in 2009/10 came as a result of replacing the Reds among the country's elite with a fourth placed finish.

And it has not been the best of starts to the current campaign for a side now managed by Roy Hodgson, who travel to the Lane on Sunday.

But they currently sit just three points behind us in the table having lost just once in their last six league games, with a convincing 3-0 win over West Ham last time out.

And although captain Steven Gerrard will miss the game through injury, Harry has highlighted a seemingly back-on-form Fernando Torres as one of the main reasons why the Merseysiders could end up being back amongst the big boys come the end of the season.

However, he hopes we can carry on our run of having beaten Liverpool in our last three meetings at the Lane.

The manager said: "We have a tough game on Sunday. Liverpool are just starting to play well and Roy is getting them to play the way he wants them to play.

"I still think they are a big threat to finish in the top four. Torres is back and looking sharp and scoring goals.

"We've beaten Liverpool in the last couple of years at home but Roy's had a chance to work with them and they will get stronger."

Harry may have a job on his hands bringing the team back down to earth after a memorable week in which we followed a dramatic North London derby win last weekend with a 3-0 win over Werder Bremen on Wednesday to seal our qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

But the manager has warned that victories in the big domestic games are a must if we want to continue experiencing nights like that at the Lane.

He added: "The Premier League has to be our main focus if we want Champions League football again next year. The only other way is to win the Champions League, and that will be very difficult.

"We've had a couple of great wins this week but we can finish the week off in style if we can beat Liverpool."