LIVERPOOL midfielder Stewart Downing insists Liverpool must be more consistent after Saturday's Premier League defeat to Southampton proved a major blow to any hopes they had of a top-four finish.
Philippe Coutinho's goal on the stroke of half-time gave Brendan Rodgers' side cause for optimism, although a comeback failed to materialise amid a 3-1 reversal.
"If you can beat Tottenham at home, you should come here and win," Downing said.
"If you want to be in the top four, you have to come to places like this and win.
"That's easier said than done. It's difficult with them being in a relegation fight and playing for the new manager as well.
"I still think we had chances in the game considering we didn't play well. We started too late and the game was over."
Meanwhile, Liverpool fan Rickie Lambert is "still pinching himself" after his impressive first season in the top flight continued with a virtuoso display against his boyhood club.
The 31-year-old saw his first-half free-kick deflect in off Daniel Sturridge to put Saints on course for an invaluable victory at St Mary's.
Lambert's 13 goals make him the top English scorer in the Premier League so far this season, and have led to talk of a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England team.
It is a far cry from the beetroot factory he worked in little over a decade ago and the years spent plying his trade in the lower leagues.
"I am still pinching myself," Lambert said. "I am really enjoying the season.
"Obviously there have been some lows but the highs have been unbelievable and I am confident there are plenty more to come in my career, hopefully at Southampton.
"It is going really well but we're still not safe, there are still points to be taken, but the lads are absolutely buzzing after that result.
"I think everybody knows the relationship I have with Liverpool.
"It was a massive game and my family were there, but obviously I am professional and my main focus was to try and get three points.
"I am just over the moon that my goal helped get three points."
It was a crucial victory for Southampton in light of Wigan's win over Newcastle yesterday.
"It was massively important that we got the three points," Lambert said.