Liverpool have what it takes to seal Champions League spot, says Clyne

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The Reds have endured a testing opening to 2017, but the England international full-back insists the players believe in each other and Jurgen Klopp

Nathaniel Clyne believes Liverpool are good enough to finish in the top four of the Premier League top four and qualify for next season's Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp’s side entered 2017 on the back of a confidence-boosting victory over Manchester City that had them dreaming of another title bid.

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They have, however, endured a testing opening to the new year and now find themselves 13 points off the pace in fifth.

Disappointing exits have also been made of the FA and EFL Cup competitions to all but end any hope of lifting major silverware this season.

Clyne, though, insists that the Reds can ensure their campaign ends on a high by booking a spot in Europe's premier club competition.

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He told the Liverpool Echo: "We've worked on a lot of things this week - set-pieces, defending as a team and also our movements when we attack.

"It's been about what we need to do as a team to get the three points.

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"We've got 14 games to go and there’s a lot to play for. I still believe we’ve got the quality to finish in that top four."

Clyne is offering no excuses for Liverpool’s disappointing dip in form and is adamant that belief among the players, and in the methods of Klopp, remains high as they look to play themselves out of a slump.

"It's difficult to put your finger on it," added the England international.

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"It's been up and down for us. In the first half of the season we were flying. We were creating a lot of chances and scoring a lot of goals. Come the start of this year we hit a bad patch.

"I don’t think we can use fatigue as an excuse. Other clubs have played the same number of games as us. We just haven’t been performing at the same level as we did earlier in the season.

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"In a lot of games teams have sat deep and made it very difficult for us to break them down. They play counter-attack football - trying to restrict our strengths and target any weaknesses.

"But teams also sat back against us earlier in the season. The difference then was that we were firing on all cylinders and the goals were being shared around.

"Confidence is bound to be a factor when you’re losing games but we all still believe in each other and we believe in the manager."