Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed that he is not yet thinking about Champions League football next season, despite the fact the Reds have narrowed the gap in their pursuit of the top four.
A 3-2 win over third placed Tottenham, saw the Anfield club move up the table into sixth spot, only seven points away from Champions League qualification. There is still ample time to make that competition with nine matches remaining in the Premiership, but the Irish man is not worrying about it just yet:
“It is not important at all (to go ahead of Everton), it is just important we move and grow in the nature I thought we would.
“I’m not thinking of European qualification. We know where we want to be and we want to be challenging at the top end but we keep looking to the next game.
“We are at the business end now and this is the time to win and narrow our focus on the games and that’s what we’ve been doing. We will just keep collecting points and see where it takes us.
“It was an important three points. We hadn’t won against anyone in the top ten, then it was top eight and then it was the top four so the most important thing for me is the growth in the group.
“In some of the games in this little run, the quality we have shown it has been about the other teams not playing well, and the players didn’t get the credit for how they have been performing. But they came through the test. We can play better than that but it was important for our character and resilience and the goals were of quality.
“We were playing against an opponent in third place and over the last few years they have been up there challenging for the Champions League, and it’s been a few years since Liverpool have beaten Tottenham.
“We know where we want to be eventually but this is another marker for us in terms of our growth.”