By Aramide Oladipo

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has compared his side’s last two Premier League matches to a cup competition.

The Reds face West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday before finishing their league campaign with a home game against already relegated Middlesborough.

Two more victories would guarantee the Merseyside club a place in the Champions League next season and could secure a top-three finish for the first time in three years.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of this weekend’s fixture in east London, Lovren admitted the team is focused but they’ll need a little bit of luck to get over the line due to recent injuries to the squad.

“It will definitely be two tough games, especially against West Ham, so it is like a semi-final then a final the last two games,” he said.

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“Unfortunately, in the last two months we have had a lot of injuries, especially ‘Hendo’ who has been a long time injured.”

He concluded: “But that is the season and sometimes you need to be lucky and finish really well with all these good players.”

Lovren has been a key part of the Liverpool team this season as he has made 27 Premier League appearances, contributing four clean sheets and two goals.

The 27-year-old was signed by former manager Brendan Rodgers at the start of the 2014/15 season and he was part of the Liverpool side that took part in the Champions League that campaign.

It was a very disappointing experience for the Croatian defender as the Merseyside club failed to get out of the group stages which included teams such as reigning champions Real Madrid, Ludogorets and FC Basel.

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