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The Welshman rues the Reds’ missed chances against Norwich and claims that if his side want to claim a Champions League spot they cannot afford to slip up again

Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy has claimed that if his side are to challenge the top four of the Premier League, they must beat teams such as their upcoming opponents Swansea.

The Reds were held to a draw at Anfield by newly promoted Norwich City last month, and the Welshman has warned against a repeat performance if they are to challenge for a Champions League spot.

"It is important to keep the unbeaten run going, but with no disrespect to Swansea, if we have ambitions of finishing in the top four then we have to win these type of games," he told the club's official website.

"We slipped up against Norwich, but on overall chances created and how we went about it, on any other given day we would have won quite comfortably.

"Credit to Norwich, they kept going because we didn't kill them off. If we can create the same number of chances against Swansea, then I feel we will that game.

"We have to look at it as trying to get three points because they are a promoted team and if we want to get into the top four, these are the games we have to try and win."

The Swans are currently exceeding expectations sitting in 10th place in the league table, but the former Cardiff City player said he has not been shocked by their start.

"I'm not surprised because of the way they play and are as a football club," he continued.

"The Premier League suits them.

"They will play football at all costs - and they have done. They've tried to keep that idea and that momentum going. I think they will be very comfortable in the league this year.

"They're a good team and we'll have to be at the top of our game on Saturday. If we're not and we sit off, they'll pass it around us and it'll be a very uncomfortable afternoon."