A 2-0 defeat at home by Liverpool on Sunday pushed the Saints out of the Champions League places but, with 12 games to go, the Goal Kenya Player of the Year is optimistic…

Wanyama FellainiSouthampton midfielder Victor Wanyama insists his side can still secure a top-four finish this season despite falling out of the Champions League places on Sunday.

A 2-0 home loss to Liverpool, coupled with Saturday’s victory for Arsenal, saw the Saints drop out of the top four for the first time since Boxing Day.

Ronald Koeman’s side remain only two points behind third-placed Manchester United, while the Reds and Tottenham are one and two behind them, respectively, and Wanyama is remaining optimistic.

“I think we still have the chance to be in the top four,” he told Goal.

“We just have to keep on working hard and I think we’ll be there, hopefully. There’s 12 games to go against some tough teams so hopefully we can get points from those 12 games.

“I don’t think we had pressure even before because nobody believed in us. We were playing to prove people wrong and I think we’ve done it so we’ll see where we end up after those 12 games.”

Wanyama was speaking as he accepted his award for being voted Kenya Player of the Year for 2014 by Goal readers and he reflected on the excellent performances in the first half of this season which contributed to his win.

“I’d like to thank the voters and also the staff and players around me,” the 23-year-old, who has scored three goals this season, enthused.

“[Koeman] is a good coach. I’m really happy working with him. I’ve been working hard in training and trying to get better in every department. I’m happy that I’ve scored a few goals this season but hopefully I can get more.”

Source: Goal Kenya

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