Dejan Lovren insists that he and his teammates don’t need to look far for motivation going into the last four games of the season with Champions League football on the line.
Sunday afternoon was a pivotal day in the Premier League as far as the destiny of the Champions League race is concerned.
With Liverpool not set to play until today, both Manchester clubs and even Arsenal to an extent had a chance to steal a march on the Merseysiders. And almost as if the entire population of Liverpool willed it, all three dropped points.
Heading into their clash with Watford, the ball is once again in Liverpool’s court and the Reds have the chance to allow momentum to carry them over the line and into next season’s Champions League competition.
And, according to Dejan Lovren, the Liverpool camp needs no motivation to win their game with the desire to play in Europe next season compelling them to succeed.
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Lovren told Liverpoolfc.com, “We are focused on our style of the game – we want to attack, we want to score goals, we have something to reach for.
“Mentally, we have to be prepared for the game, even though it’s not like playing Manchester City, where you will find motivation without any big reason.
“We have a big reason – it’s the final four games for the Champions League.”
Despite Lovren pointing out that Liverpool are well-motivated to succeed in their quest for European football, there are still a number of things that worry the Anfield faithful. Chief among these causes to worry is Liverpool’s inability to consistently see off teams in the bottom half of the table.
This makes Liverpool’s visit to Vicarage Road all the more worrying. On one hand, Liverpool absolutely dominated the Hornets in November, crushing them 6-1 at Anfield in a game which sent them top of the league table.
On the other hand, as Lovren is aware of, you’re not quite sure what you’ll get with Watford at the moment. Given that they have secured safety for another season in the Premier League, they’re something of a mixed bag with little to play for in their remaining games.
“It depends on us, I would say, not on them. We have something to play for, but not so much them,” Lovren commented on the game against Watford.
“For them, it is comfortable and they are safe, but we have something to reach for and this is the key point. We know what we need to do to grab a place in the Champions League.
“It is a must-win game. Of course, it will be difficult – they are in the middle of the table, have done quite well, have good players and don’t have pressure.
“But sometimes with pressure, it can maybe be better to play because you’re more focused on the game.”
The consequences of the result at Vicarage Road tonight could not bear more heavily on the outcome of the race to secure a spot in the top four. Lovren, Klopp and all Liverpool fans will be hoping and praying that a win can put immense pressure on the Manchester clubs and Arsenal to match them in the following games.