John McGinn urges Aston Villa to 'find fire' for Liverpool and forget Olympiacos disappointment

John McGinn has called for one last big performance to secure top four
John McGinn has called for one last big performance to secure top four -Credit:Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images

John McGinn says he and his teammates owe themselves and the Aston Villa fans one more big performance on Monday night to get over the line and claim Champions League qualification following the disappointment of being knocked out of Europe.

Villa fell to a 6-2 aggregate defeat to Olympiacos after losing 2-0 in Greece on Thursday night, but while a top four finish is up for grabs with a win over Liverpool on Monday, Unai Emery's side couldn't ask for a greater incentive to get back to winning ways.

"We are so close," McGinn admits. "But we just have to focus on Monday night. I think we owe the supporters a performance. We owe ourselves a performance after the effort throughout the season, the graft every single day coming in.

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"It has been a long hard season but certainly one to be proud of. We don't want to stop short. We know what we have to do. It is in our hands. It is going to be a very, very tough game, we know that.

"We obviously have the crucial benefit of other results potentially going our way but we want to get the job done ourselves and get into the top four, which would be an unbelievable achievement.

"The fans have been there the past few weeks and it is up to us to deliver now. You can wave as many scarves as you want, shout our names as loud as you want but it is up to us to find that fire and get us over the line.

"We have underachieved. We know that. But we will learn from it and will be back better and stronger next year."

McGinn added: "There has been a determination for five or six weeks. That is the frustrating thing, we could have had it wrapped up [top four] before now. But the Premier League is extremely difficult. We have certainly had some setbacks along the way but this group will keep fighting.

"We fought on Thursday but it wasn't enough but on another night we could have turned it around. It wasn't to be. Unfortunately, we have to wish Olympiacos all the best."