Liverpool surged back into the race for a Champions League spot following their memorable win over Arsenal but they have to keep it going when they face Burnley in the next game

Wijnaldum is expecting another big performance against Burnley in the next game (Photo: Nick Taylor)

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has warned his team-mates there can be no more slip-ups if they want to finish in the top four and secure Champions League football.

The Merseyside club bounced straight back from their poor defeat against Leicester last week as they recorded an impressive 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday to help them move back into the top four.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have struggled to find any consistency since the New Year losing three of their previous four Premier League games, but they looked back to their best at Anfield.

Wijnadlum, whose stoppage time goal sealed the win for Jurgen Klopp’s side, believes that dropped points in recent weeks have left little margin for error as they look to return to the European game’s elite competition.

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum scores their third goal

Wijnaldum scored the crucial third goal against Arsenal to help the Reds move back into the top four(Photo: REUTERS)

Wijnaldum, speaking to the Liverpool Echo, said: “You can’t afford to lose games. It is always possible that you will not win but it is the way you play the game. You must play with the same intention: to win the game and give everything you have.

“We have to make sure at the end of the season we are there.

“Now it is good for the confidence but if we are going to do it like we play before: playing well and then playing bad again then it is going to be tough for us to come in the top four.

“We have to have a good run and be confident we can finish in one of the spots.”

Liverpool players were dejected following the Leicester defeat - Wijnaldum hopes that will not happen again (Photo: Getty)

A great frustration for Liverpool has been some of their results against teams in the bottom half of the table and with Burnley heading to Anfield next, Wijnaldum admits it’s a problem that needs rectifying.

He said: “The first half of the season I think we did as well against the bigger teams as the smaller teams. We lost against Burnley but we played well.

“Against Bournemouth there was a mistake from us because we were 2-0 up and 3-1 up. Those games can happen but now in the smaller games we don’t do it good but in the bigger games we do.

“Is it about pressure? You have more pressure in the bigger games than the smaller ones and we deliver in the bigger games.”

Klopp is demanding a lot from his players in the final part of the season (Photo: Liverpool FC via Getty)

After the game, Klopp warned that everyone at Anfield is playing for the futures and Wijnaldum admits that expectation levels will always be high at the club.

He said: “Everyone has to perform. It doesn’t matter what the manager said, you play for Liverpool so everyone has to perform.

“Of course it is a young group who can develop more during the time we are together but on the other hand everyone expects a lot from us.

“Every game we have to deliver and that is what we must think about.”

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