Lucas Leiva: Top four is out of Liverpool's reach
Lucas Leiva believes that Liverpool are too far off the pace to finish in the Champions League places but urged the team to find consistency.
"I don't think we should be talking about the top four at the moment," he said. "We're still a lot of points behind and there are a lot of teams between us and the top four.
"Let's find a consistency first and then see what happens. We can't afford to look any further ahead than playing Sunderland."
Lucas reflected on Sunday's 3-0 win over relegation battlers QPR: "From the first minute we were better than them," he said.
"QPR may be low on confidence but we didn't allow them to settle. We controlled the game from the start and we took our chances.
"That's the way we have to start every game. We need to try to keep playing the same way against Sunderland.
"It will be a hard game as they beat Man City but we want to start a new year with three points."