Jose Enrique believes Liverpool need to show more character if they are to achieve a top-four finish this season after the Reds lost 3-1 to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day.
Things had started so well for the visitors when Steven Gerrard fired them in front with their first penalty of the season, but Stoke fought back to take the points, and the left-back admitted it was a bitter pill to swallow.
"I thought after the penalty we were going to win the game but overall they played better than us and we didn't deserve the three points," Enrique told Liverpoolfc.com.
"We need more experience and need to show more character in these type of games.
"You can see we have quality players and we have a good squad, but we need fo fight for every point we play for if we want to be in the top-four.
"We have to get a winning mentality going and we have to show what we are all about."
Liverpool head to Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers on Sunday and Enrique is hoping the Reds can end 2012 on a winning note.
He added: "We need to bounce back from this defeat and we need to go to QPR and win.
"Every game in this league is difficult but you have to give 100 per cent every time you play for this club and show character."