Gerrard rallies resurgent Reds

Captain Steven Gerrard has admitted Liverpool can't afford any more slip-ups if they are to finish in the Premier League's top four this season.

The Reds clawed their way into the Champions League qualifying places with Saturday's hard-fought 1-0 derby success over Merseyside rivals Everton.

They are now unbeaten in their last seven league games but face a make-or-break run of fixtures starting with a trip to third-placed Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Rafael Benitez's resurgent side have gone some way to silencing the doubters who suggested they would not qualify for next season's Champions League after losing seven of their first 18 games this term.

But Gerrard has admitted they cannot afford to drop any more points no matter who the opposition is.

"Everybody is still on a high and now we have got to take that high into the next game," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"It's a tough one, Arsenal away always is, but we have used beating Everton as a platform in the past and we've got to do it again.

"We want to extend our run and go on to better things as we can't afford any slip-ups because there is pressure coming from Tottenham, Manchester City and Aston Villa.

"There are a couple of very tough games coming up but if we can show what we have done in the last seven games, I don't see why we can't maintain it."

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