ON TOP FOUR

Liverpool need the points to vie for a Cham­pi­ons League berth

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON

LIVERPOOL must main­tain their fo­cus and get re­sults in their three re­main­ing Premier League games as they fight for a top four fin­ish to play in the Cham­pi­ons League next sea­son, goal­keeper Si­mon Mig­no­let has said.

Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Wat­ford on Monday helped them pull three points clear of fourth­placed Manch­ester City and four clear of fifth-placed Manch­ester United, both of whom have a game in hand.

The race for a top four spot will go down to the wire and Mig­no­let is wary of get­ting com­pla­cent after three wins in their last five league games.

“We have to keep go­ing how we are. We are in good shape but things can still change. We have to keep our fo­cus, keep our feet on the floor and keep grind­ing out re­sults,” Mig­no­let told Bri­tish me­dia.

“Ev­ery­body is very hun­gry to play in the Cham­pi­ons League. It’s where you want to play. But we’re not there yet and there’s still a lot of hard work ahead of us.”

Five of Liverpool’s six league losses this sea­son have been against teams out­side the top six and they host ninth-placed Southamp­ton, travel to 15th­placed West Ham and end the sea­son at rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Mid­dles­brough.

“I think we’ve played a lot of good foot­ball this sea­son,” Mig­no­let said. “But some­times you have to learn how to play against these sorts of teams. We ac­cepted that a lot had to change in that type of game. I think we’ve shown we have learned a lot.

“To win at places like West Brom, Stoke and Wat­ford shows we can do this. We have three more games like this to play. We have to keep that bal­ance and grind those re­sults out.” Reuters

Chelsea goal­keeper Thibaut Cour­tois’ con­tract with the team ex­pires in 2019.

REUTERS PIC

Liverpool’s Emre Can (right) and Wat­ford’s Troy Deeney vie for the ball in a Premier League match at Vicarage Road Sta­dium on

Monday.

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