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Wijnaldum urges Liverpool to keep fighting in top-four tussle

5:00 PM GMT 24/04/2017
Georginio Wijnaldum - cropped
The Dutch midfielder remains hopeful that the Reds can clinch Champions League qualification despite suffering a blow against Crystal Palace

Georginio Wijnaldum has urged his Liverpool team-mates to keep fighting as they continue to chase Champions League football in the closing weeks of the season.

Liverpool's top-four hopes were dealt a blow on Sunday when they were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace at Anfield.

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Jurgen Klopp's men remain third in the table, but they are in danger of being caught by Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, who have all played at least two games fewer.

Wijnaldum refuses to throw in the towel, though, and is determined to bounce back against Watford next week.

"As long as there is a chance to qualify for the Champions League, we have to believe in it," Wijnaldum told the official Liverpool website.

"If you do not believe you can reach it, it is already done. We must have the confidence and stick together, helping each other out in moments like this.

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"We will fight for the Champions League spot. That is the only thing we can do now. We cannot change what happened against Palace, so we have to look forward.

"Against Watford we can change everything and get a good result. We have to look game by game and at the end of the season we will see what happens."