Kenny Dalglish believes Liverpool cannot afford to let their season tail off after their disappointing 3-2 defeat against QPR on Wednesday.
Liverpool squandered a two goal lead as Mark Hughes’ relegation threatened side scored three late goals to consign their opponents to their fourth defeat in five Premier League outings.
That result leaves Dalglish’s men languishing in seventh place, 12 points adrift of Tottenham, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.
With their hopes of returning to European football’s top table seemingly over for another season, Dalglish is keen to see a response from his side in the final nine league games of the season.
"The performance the other night was excellent for 77 minutes and then we lost three goals, but we were delighted with the way they played,” Dalglish told assembled reporters.
"The disappointing thing about the result also was that Seb (Coates) scored a great goal that could win goal of the season, but it's not got a mention.
"We'll try to remain as positive as we can, but also realistic. We know we're capable of playing decent football, but we've got to finish it off."
While Liverpool’s league campaign has been beset by problems they have had no such troubles in domestic cup competitions and booked their place in the F.A Cup semi-finals with a win over Stoke that followed soon after their Carling Cup success at Wembley last month.
The Scot maintains that his squad are fit enough to challenge in all competitions, and believes that while they have fared better in knockout competitions their best efforts are going unrewarded in the league.
“They (the players) are as fit as anybody and probably fitter than most," said Dalglish. "We've had more success in cups than in the league, but the performances have probably been better in the league than they have in the cups.
"It was never going to be a 24-hour make up - it was going to be longer than that.
"We have made progression. The last bit is always the most difficult bit and that's where we're at - we're just trying to get the last bit correct."
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