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Defeat at Craven Cottage on Monday left the Reds five points off the Champions League places, but the Dutchman is confident they can still seal a return to Europe’s elite

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt believes his side can still achieve a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, but insists they must beat teams such as Fulham following the defeat at Craven Cottage on Monday.

Clint Dempsey scored the only goal of the game for the hosts to end the Reds’ unbeaten run, whilst Jay Spearing saw a straight red for a lunge on Moussa Dembele.

Despite the setback, Kuyt is confident that his side can push for Champions’ League qualification at the end of the campaign, if they begin to record results against supposed lesser sides.

“It's a huge disappointment but we need to keep going, look at ourselves and try to improve,” the 31-year-old told reporters.

"We definitely want to challenge for the top four and if we want to do that we need to win these types of games.

"I thought we were unlucky because we had the chances to score. We did okay in the first half but the way we came out in the second half was much better.

"I didn't see Jay's challenge and I don't know if it was a red card. Obviously it didn't help us in our efforts to win the game. It's a huge disappointment not to get the three points."

The defeat ended an 8-match unbeaten run in the Premier League for Liverpool, who now sit seventh in the table and five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, with QPR set to visit Anfield on Saturday.

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