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Slovakian defender believes Reds have a good chance of going above Harry Redknapp's side, and also felt that win over Sunderland last time around was deserved

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is adamant the Reds can overtake Tottenham and land fifth place in the Premier League come May.

Kenny Dalglish’s side won 2-0 against Sunderland in the last round of league matches as Spurs had to share a point with West Ham in a goalless draw at White Hart Lane.

But it will still be an uphill struggle for the Merseyside club since Harry Redknapp’s side have a game in hand and Liverpool trail them by four points.

However, Skrtel insists that the outcome of Tottenham’s upcoming games will be decisive as they take on Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.

"Tottenham dropped two precious points and I am happy that we are closing the gap on them," he told the club's official website.

Liverpool were awarded a controversial penalty in the 33rd minute of the Sunderland game when Jay Spearing was tackled right outside the box but fell inside it.

The Reds defender, however, was insistent that they deserved the win despite the lucky penalty.

"I guess we fully deserved this result. We were the better team and we were dominant.

"It was a controversial penalty for some but this is football. They didn't have a clear chance so it is a fair result."

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