Reds can­not af­ford to fail

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LON­DON: Liver­pool have no mar­gin for er­ror in the race for a top­four place and must win their re­main­ing two Pre­mier League games to make sure of a spot in next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League, said left back James Mil­ner.

Third-placed Liver­pool (70 points, 36 games) are a point and a place above Manch­ester City, who have a game in hand. Manch­ester United are not out of the run­ning in fifth but it is Arse­nal who look the big­gest threat for a place in the top four.

The Gun­ners trail Liver­pool by seven points but have two games in hand, in­clud­ing Wed­nes­day’s trip to Southamp­ton.

Liver­pool have a dif­fi­cult visit to West Ham and a home tie against an al­ready-rel­e­gated Mid­dles­brough left to play.

“We have got to win the last two,” Mil­ner told British me­dia. “How would we feel if we miss out? Sick. This is a team and a club that needs to be in the Cham­pi­ons League.”

Liver­pool have strug­gled for con­sis­tency in their last few games, los­ing at home to Crys­tal Palace, scrap­ing a 1-0 win at Wat­ford and draw­ing 0-0 at home to Southamp­ton at the week­end in a game Mil­ner failed to con­vert a penalty.

“We have shown on any one day we can beat any­one so if we could get in the Cham­pi­ons League we know we could be a match for any­one,” he said. “We have got to do it con­sis­tently.” Reuters

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