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Lucas targets return to Champions League

By Football News



Lucas Leiva insists that Liverpool's primary focus this season is qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

Brendan Rodgers' side have the honour of sitting top of the Premier League table on Christmas Day, but Lucas has dismissed talk of the club winning its first top-flight title since 1990.

Liverpool face a stern test of their title credentials before the end of 2013, with trips to Manchester City and Chelsea to round off the year.

And instead, the Brazilian has set his sights on a top-four finish after a four-year absence from Europe's premier club competition.

"As the club is not playing the Champions League the last three years, certainly our first goal is to return to this competition," he told Perform.

"The title I think we still have many games left and we still can not talk about it. It has been almost half (the season), but it is still too early. Is too early to say who is favourite to win.

"Also it is early to say that the team who is in relegation zone is out as well. Today the league is very balanced. The teams that did not lose points in recent years are now missing.

"We are certainly one of the candidates (for the title) because we're up there. I believe we have to go step by step and not let the excitement of the crowd and other people affect the squad, because we have to stay focused and we're doing good from the beginning of the season."