Two-time European Cup winners says there is still much left to play for this campaign.
Alan Kennedy says that Liverpool should use the disappointment of their Europa League exit to Zenit St Petersburg at Anfield on Thursday as a spur to try and qualify for European football once again next season.
The Reds went out on away goals to the Russian champions, having won the second leg of their round-of-32 tie 3-1, and the one-time Liverpool legend hopes that pain will be used to good effect between now and the summer.
“There might not be a trophy at stake but there’s still a lot to play for,” Kennedy told the Liverpool Echo.
“Being in Europe is vital for a club of Liverpool’s stature. It was a special night on Thursday with the crowd playing their part and we came so close to pulling it off.
“Some of our players won’t have played in an atmosphere like that before. They won’t have experienced anything like that but having had a taste of it they should want more.
“Hopefully that will inspire them for the rest of the season. Being out of all the cups means we have to work doubly hard to make sure we get everything we can from the remaining league games.
“We need to get more consistency with our results and finish as high as we possibly can. Too often this season little lapses in concentration have cost us and we’ve found ourselves chasing games we were in control of.
“We need to begin every game with the kind of mentality and attitude we showed against Zenit. That has to start against Wigan next Saturday.”