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Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano believes they must be "clever" to beat Manchester City at Eastlands tomorrow.

Roberto Mancini's side have lost four Premier League matches this season but all have been on their travels, with their tally at home being 30 points from a possible 36.

For that reason Mascherano insists Liverpool cannot under-estimate their opponents. But they should not be drawn into a scenario where they believe they have to beat fourth-placed City, who are one point ahead of the Reds with a match in hand in the race for the final Champions League spot, at all costs.

"We have to win but we cannot lose our heads," he said.

"We have to go there thinking about winning but we have to play a very good game from the beginning.

"Obviously when you want to win you have to go forward but you have to be careful about the counter-attack because they have some very good players -- so we have to be clever."

Despite City having the chance to move four points clear of their nearest rivals with a victory tomorrow, Mascherano does not believe the game will prove to be the deciding factor in the race for Champions League qualification.

"We are one point behind them and some teams are very close to us so it's important to get the three points," said the midfielder.

"I think it's an important game but if any team lost, nothing will happen.

"There are still a lot of games to play so it will be an important game but it will decide nothing."

Manager Rafael Benitez dismissed suggestions the pressure was on Liverpool - as regular top-four finishers - to regain lost ground.

"Tottenham have spent some money, Aston Villa have spent some money, City have spent some money and we have spent some money so the pressure is on all of us," he said.

"City were trying [to break into the top four last year] when they spent some money - and this year a little bit more - and that means always you can bring in the best players or players with more quality."


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