Roberto Firmino believes Juergen Klopp will not allow his players to feel sorry for themselves because injured Liverpool are grappling with the worst confidence crisis in years.
The Reds His title defense saw a realist ending with a 4-1 home win over Manchester City on Sunday, which left him 10 points behind the untamed leaders in fourth place.
Liverpool have only earned two points from their last five home matches after suffering a third consecutive defeat at Anfield in the league for the first time since 1963.
Klopp It occurs after the defeat of City The need for a character greater than his players, With Firmino Unveiling how the Reds coach will look to keep morale high in preparation for Saturday’s visit to his teammates in the top four Leicester City.
The Brazilian said, “It’s never negative.” “He never let our heads go down, he’s always been motivating the team, letting us know what we are capable of, what we showed in the last year and so that we can look forward.
“He knows what we can achieve.”
Liverpool are now feeling the effects of a string of injuries this season, most notably in the center of defense as Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are likely to end the season after having made only 20 matches in the Premier League.
“It’s difficult, right? Unfortunately football injuries are something that can always happen. It affected us of course,” added Firmino.
“It was a huge loss for our team, losing three great players in Virgil, Joe and (Diogo) Jota before Joel because they are all players who contribute a lot and show their abilities. But we are not negative about this.
“We always aim to think about the players available on the team and look forward to doing our best with the players we have. We always think positively, and believe in our potential and what we can achieve.”
Liverpool’s poor performance at home coincided with the banishment of the crowd once again from Anfield after allowing a limited number of attendees to attend the December matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion.
Although he is aware of the difference the famous home support makes, Firmino admits their absence could not be used as an excuse for the Reds’ sliding off the Premier League table.
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“Of course, not having fans makes a difference for all teams, but especially for Liverpool,” he said. He talks to the official Liverpool match program.
“I wouldn’t say we count on the crowd but playing without them makes a big difference.
“It’s an incredible feeling to play in front of our fans in the atmosphere that they created for us. They are definitely the twelfth man on the field.
“But we cannot use their absence as an excuse – we have adapted to the way things are now and we are used to it.
“Of course, we think about them and hope and believe that this epidemic will soon end and they will return to the stadiums to motivate and encourage us to do our work.”