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Dejan Lovren "confident" of top-four finish

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren remains "confident" that his side will secure a top-four finish this season despite seeing the race go all the way down to the wire.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has said that he is "confident" his side will still secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

The Reds appeared to have a Champions League place sewn up before a run of just one win from their last five league outings - including Sunday's 1-0 defeat to fellow hopefuls Chelsea - left them needing a win on the final day to guarantee their place in next season's competition.

Liverpool will still go into Sunday's match at home to Brighton & Hove Albion as favourites to pick up all three points, though, and Lovren believes that their similar experience last season - when they beat Middlesbrough on the final day - will stand them in good stead this weekend.

"It's a similar [situation]. We know what we can expect," Lovren told the club's official website.

"It will definitely be tough. Brighton showed in their previous game against Manchester United that they can win against big teams. But it's still in our hands. The next game will definitely be a tough game but I'm confident we can manage to win it."

Liverpool have not recorded back-to-back top-four finishes since 2008-09.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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