DANIEL STURRIDGE set his sights on firing Liverpool into the Champions League after netting on his home debut in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Norwich City.
The £12million striker made it three goals in three appearances for the Reds as they climbed to seventh place in the Premier League.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are now seven points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham and Sturridge believes they can bridge that gap.
“I’m not interested in how many goals I score, I’m interested in where we finish as a team,” he said.
“The main aim for me, which drives me on, is to get us into the top four and play Champions League football next season. It’s what everybody wants.
“That’s a realistic target for us and I don’t see why we can’t get there.”
Sturridge, who relished his first experience of Anfield as a Liverpool player, linked up brilliantly with new strike partner Luis Suarez.
“I was a bit nervous at the start but that eased off after the first 25 minutes and I was enjoying myself after that,” he said.
“Luis and I have good chemistry and off the field he’s a good guy as well. It’s really good to be part of such a great team with him and long may it continue.
“If Luis goes up front, I’ll drop in behind him.
“There’s no position for any of us, we run around and when we defend we get back into shape.
“When we are fluid, it’s better as a team because it gives the opposition problems.”
Sturridge admits he’s loving life at Liverpool after leaving Chelsea in search of regular football.
“I want to thank God for making this possible as without him none of this would have happened. I also want to thank the manager for giving me the opportunity to play,” he added.
“I’ve been blessed. It has been a difficult few years for me at my previous club so to come here and for things to start so well, I’m delighted.”