Martin King uses the disappointed but forward-thinking words of Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can to explain how Liverpool should go on until the end of the season.
More than just an overly exhausted phrase, it’s a cold piece of truth that either sets free or even imprisons those who know it best.
Following Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat in the Premier League to Crystal Palace last weekend, talk from the Reds’ camp itself has largely centred around regret over the team’s failure to take a key step closer to qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League campaign and yet, retaining belief that this elusive target can still be reached.
For instance, Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum recently spoke to Liverpool’s official website, stating, “[As long as] there’s a chance to qualify for the Champions League, we have to believe in it.
“If you don’t believe you can reach it, it’s already done. We must have the confidence and stick together, helping each other out in moments like this.”
Wijnaldum’s fellow teammate Emre Can, also speaking to the club’s official website, said, “We can be disappointed after the game but from Monday we have to look forward. We have got to go again and it is still in our hands.”
From any point of view, one looks at this, Can and Wijnaldum are making all the right noises and distraught as Liverpool fans may have been following that loss to the Eagles, such talk could’ve – and certainly still – serves to uplift low spirits.
However, even if motivating, talk remains cheap and many a Kopite can testify to how they’ve had their spirits lifted high above level ground only to witness the same hopeful spirit return back to earth in shatters.
That said, this current crop of Reds players have to break that cycle of disappointment by changing nice talk into fierce action, that is displaying their belief can indeed produce major results, instead of occasional glory.
The importance of this being achieved is, in truth, not even to appease their fans or shame their critics but to achieve their primary season target of Champions League football and sustained competition at the top.
Only four league games remain for Liverpool in their campaign, the first of which is an away trip to Watford next week Monday.
There really isn’t any need for any player within the squad to be taken through their A-B-Cs regarding the importance of each match, defenders need to keep a solid structure at the back and attackers need to display a clinical touch in front of goal.
Seize the moment to make their words unfold right in front of their eyes and Jürgen Klopp’s side could be the legends of their own history, however, freeze in the moment of action and their entire season may well join the long list of Liverpool’s disappointing shortcomings.