London- Luis Suarez reckons defeating Arsenal this weekend can give his Liverpool side a huge lift in their push for a top-four place.
Kop idol striker Suarez says victory in Saturday’s huge lunchtime game will be massive as the Reds try to clinch Champions League football for next season.
“Arsenal are the leaders in the table and victory would be good for morale, give the whole squad an enormous injection and reduce the points difference at the top,” said the Uruguayan. “We didn’t have success at the Emirates [Arsenal won November’s reverse fixture, 2-0] so our objective now is to win and I believe we have that chance.
“It has been such a hard season. It’s rare that everything could be decided on the last day but we must keep going and to ensure that happens we need results against the other main candidates.”
Suarez’s teammate, centre-half Martin Skrtel, has warned Arsenal they are in for a “hard time” on Saturday.
Although Liverpool lost ground on the leaders by drawing 1-1 at West Brom on Sunday, Skrtel believes Brendan Rodgers’ side will show their true worth against Arsenal.
“I’m confident we can beat Arsenal. We definitely have the strength to do so,” he said. “They are the leaders at the moment but we can give them a hard time.
“It won’t be an easy game but I am sure we can do something in front of our fans.”
On Liverpool’s failure to take maximum points at The Hawthorns, Skrtel said: “I’m disappointed. We scored early and controlled the game but we only have a single point. We made a mistake but this is football and this can obviously happen to any one of us.”
Five-times European champions Liverpool have been out of the Champions League for the past four seasons but their iconic former player and manager Kenny Dalglish is confident they can make it back there this year.
“Liverpool are in fourth spot right now and someone has to come and take it off them because they’re not going to give it up,” said Mirror columnist Dalglish.
“They’re two points better off than the team below them [Everton] and they have a massively better goal difference. You have to play one game at a time but they are in a very good position at a good time.”