Andrew Robertson warned Liverpool team-mates they cannot afford to make any more mistakes if they are to meet their minimum expectation of Champions League qualification.
The Reds have endured a disappointing season, with Jurgen Klopp’s efforts not helped by a string of significant injuries to key players.
Last season, Liverpool won an EFL Cup and FA Cup double, reached the Champions League final, and finished just one point behind Premier League winners Manchester City.
However, this term has seen them fail to defend either cup crown, they were eliminated from the Champions League at the last-16 stage, and are facing an uphill battle to finish in the top four domestically.
Sixth-placed Liverpool are seven points behind Tottenham in fourth, and although the Reds have two games in hand on Spurs, so do Newcastle United, who only trail the north Londoners by a single point.
The underwhelming nature of Liverpool’s campaign is not lost on Robertson, who thinks they are on their last life if they want to pip Spurs and Newcastle – they now face consecutive games against City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
“The motivations are the exact same,” he told reporters ahead of Saturday’s trip to City. “We want Champions League football, and so the motivation is the exact same as though we were going for trophies.
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“It is obviously a big week; we are playing against three big teams and it’s going to be an intense week, but it’s what you look forward to when you come to this club. These are the big games you want to be involved in.
“We don’t want to be in this position, and…we don’t really have time to waste, we don’t have any mistakes left in us if we want to achieve top four.”
He added: “[Expectations] have to be on the highest level when you play at this club – you don’t get an option not to do that, the people around the club demand that. I think we do that, but we have just lacked a little bit of consistency this season.
“In the last five or six years, consistency is the one word that would be put next to our name, as we always showed up and even when not at our best, we still managed to grind out results. We haven’t done that this season, and we have to fix that.”
Despite their issues this season, Robertson remains adamant Liverpool belong in the Champions League.
But he accepts the Reds cannot take qualification for granted.
“Going into April, not being in the Champions League, FA Cup or League Cup, and then not being in a title race is so disappointing – it’s a position we don’t want to be in.
“We are out of every competition, but we still believe we are a team that can compete in every competition.
“So to fix that, we have to be in these tournaments again next season, and the only way to do that is finishing in the top four.
“So we’ve got 12 games to fix it, and we are determined to put our all into those next 12 games.”