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Carragher: Top four must be the ambition

ESPN staff
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Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has admitted that the main ambition of the club's new manager should be to get the Reds back into the Champions League.

Liverpool are looking for a new manager following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish this week, with the club's owners unhappy with a disappointing eighth place finish in the Premier League.

Fans at Anfield are used to seeing their team competing for the title, but Carragher concedes that the current ambitions for the club should be to get back to contending for a top four finish.

"We all realise now the Champions League is very important. It's the place to be seen and we are not there," Carragher said. "Liverpool fans probably don't want to hear it, but it is an achievement getting into the top four. It is different to what it was a long time ago.

"I have been in the team 15 years and we have only challenged for the title a couple of times, which is obviously not what we would like and not good enough for us.

"At the moment I don't think the title is in everyone's mind, I think top four first.

"We were in the Champions League for a couple of years and then had that tilt at the title and just fell short.

"I think at the moment the task is to try and get back into that top four."

The 34-year-old admits, however, that such a revival in fortunes will be difficult for the club without having a huge amount of money to invest in improving the playing staff.

"I don't think we are the type of team that could just go out and spend £200 million like [Manchester] City or Chelsea can, and you have virtually guaranteed yourself a good chance of winning the title," he said. "We have to build a little bit slower than that. The next stage for us is to get into the Champions League, but that will happen.

"Football cycles and we will get back in there and then have a challenge for the title.

"I have come close a couple of times, but hopefully in the future we can go one step further."

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