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Liverpool must win every game for top-four finish, says Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes a 0-0 draw with West Brom means his side must win all their remaining five games to secure Champions League qualification.

Jordon Ibe hit the bar while Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson saw quickfire shots saved from close-range, but the Reds marked Steven Gerrard's 500th Premier League appearance for the club with a draw.

A point moves Liverpool to fifth with a game in hand on most of their rivals - a visit to Hull City on Tuesday - and Rodgers now feels the club must take maximum points if they stand any chance of a top-four finish.

"It’s very difficult," he told reporters when asked about their chances. "I feel that with six games we need to win five at least. There are another five to go and we need to win them to give ourselves a chance.

"You never know what happens above you but what you need to do is keep the pressure on.

"It’s a tough place to go, [The Hawthorns], with Tony’s team as they defend strongly. We have got a point but now we will look to our game in hand in the week and will look to get three points."

A draw for West Brom builds on their 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace last week and pushes the club to 37 points and, while happy with the point, Baggies boss Tony Pulis has warned his side are still not safe from the drop.

He said: "It’s a great point for us and something we deserve with respect to the effort and commitment we have put in.

"We need to keep going. There’s four games and we need to pick points up. I have been in this game long enough to know that strange things can happen, especially at this time of the year.

"This was a tough game today but we knew that the back five games were going to be really difficult, but to get 37 points we are pleased. But I think we still need one or two more."