STEWART DOWNING has warned Liverpool must start making their dominance in games count if they are going to launch a push for Champions League
The Reds go into tonight’s Premier League clash with West Brom at Anfield on the back of two impressive performances away to Arsenal and Manchester City.
However, on both occasions Brendan Rodgers’ side had to settle for a point and Downing says they need to be more ruthless.
“We have dropped points this season when we have played teams off the park,” he said. “We’ve still got a chance of making the top four as we have got winnable games but we have got to do it consistently. We haven’t beaten the top teams this season but performance-wise we were the better team against Arsenal and City, and were unlucky not to win.
“If we play like we did in the last two games, we have got a chance of getting into the Champions League. If we get a settled side and play how we can play, then we can do it.
“Daniel Sturridge has been a big signing for us. He has given us an extra dimension with his movement and goals.”
Tonight will be the first time Steve Clarke has returned to Anfield since Kenny Dalglish’s number two parted company with the club last summer.
The West Brom boss oversaw a flying start to the campaign but the Baggies have slipped down the table on the back of an eight-game winless run in all competitions.
“Steve’s done really well,” Downing added. “I’m not surprised as you could see he was management material. When he was here he was not afraid to say his piece. I liked working with him and Kevin Keen.
“The lads are obviously pleased for him because he was well thought of here.”