Steven Gerrard discusses Liverpool's top four chances ahead of Arsenal clash

Liverpool face a huge game this weekend at Anfield, one they can not afford to lose.

Liverpool face a crucial encounter in the Premier League this weekend when they take on Arsenal this weekend, but the circumstances are very different this time around. 

Last season, the Gunners headed to Anfield top of the Premier League but were stunned as Liverpool started quickly to end up 4-0 up inside 20 minutes in a 5-1 win as they put down their own marker to challenge for the title.

This season both sides have yet to find the level of consistency required - though Arsenal are favourites to get that fourth Champions League spot, and if Liverpool are to harbour realistic ambitions for qualifying for next season's competition, they can certainly not afford to lose this weekend. A win for the home side will leave them two points behind the Gunners, but a win for the visitors would open up an eight point gap between the two sides.

Gerrard is quoted in the Liverpool Echo: “Can we make the top four? It’s going to be tough.

“We knew it was going to be tough the moment we lost Luis and the injuries we’ve had to Daniel.

“We need to keep going and keep winning. We have a tough game at the weekend against Arsenal and then we have got a run of fixtures which are a bit more kind to us.

“If we can get a big result against Arsenal and build on this, I think we can turn it around.

“I think this is where you find out what kind of players you’ve got in the dressing room.

“It’s time to roll your sleeves up and fight for the club and try to put things right as soon as possible and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

The Reds have only registered back-to-back league wins on two occasions so far this season. This week they showed signs of getting back to the kind of play that served them so well last season in the win over Bournemouth in the League Cup. 

A performance of the same ilk is required on Sunday for Liverpool, but they face an Arsenal side who have a potent threat in Alexis Sanchez, whilst Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck can also give Liverpool's nervy defence some problems.

A defeat for Liverpool this weekend could effectively end their hopes of finishing in this season's top four, it appears to be a bigger game for the home side than the visitors.

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