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The England international defender bagged his first goal of the season with the winner at Chelsea and he reckons Kenny Dalglish's side can finish in the top four

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson says that his team will fight for a place in the Champions League next season.

The full-back scored a late individual goal to seal a 2-1 win at Chelsea on Sunday, a result that leaves the Reds tied with the Stamford Bridge club on 22 points and only missing out on fourth place by virtue of goal difference.

Kenny Dalglish's side were Champions League regulars until the 2010 season, when they failed to qualify for the competition for the first time in five years, and they are targeting a return.

"We're taking it game by game but our aim is the top four and that's what we are fighting for," the Johnson told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"If we start getting a few more points at home and keep what we're doing away, I'm sure we won't be too far away."

Johnson was especially pleased with his team's composed performance on Sunday, and believes they were always in control.

"I think we dominated the first half, but Chelsea are a great side and we expected a reaction in the second half and we got that," he continued.

"Chelsea are always going to have periods of the game when they're on top. I thought we dealt with it quite well. We conceded but I thought that was quite unfortunate."

He added: "We showed great character to bounce back. Our last game at home against Swansea was disappointing and then you come here and you do this - that's typical of football."

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