Dave Davis urges Liverpool to haul their Premier League season over the line with just two games to go.
Two games to go, six points to play for. There’s no sugar-coating it, that’s what everyone at the club has to focus their energy on.
West Ham away is what every Liverpool player and fan needs to steel themselves for, as we’re at the real business end of the season. There really are no do-overs, second chances or looking to others now. Liverpool’s fortune is in their hands and there are no excuses.
Sunday’s result was disappointing at first but was softened as the day went on. Most frustrating was the real lack of urgency or desire that seemed to be shown as the game had a feel of a testimonial, rather than a chance to put one foot in the Champions League.
This coupled with the team selection and lack of change has to be something levelled at Jürgen Klopp, despite comments around a dry pitch. The fact that Arsenal took three points off United meant a sense of relief rather than happiness at the end of the day.
In our last three home games, we’ve only taken two points against Southampton, Palace and Bournemouth. Atmosphere discussions aside, that’s an appalling return at a critical stage of the season for the club.
Away from home, we seem to be winning without playing well as victories over West Brom, Watford and Stoke will testify. At this stage of the season though, results are all that matter and the fact that many were surprised we could scrape out 1-0 victories says an awful lot.
What worries me is that we aren’t scoring goals at the moment either. The hammerings, inter-changings and fast-passing seem a distant memory at the moment as the Reds have managed only seven goals in their last six games in the league. Considering none of those have been against any team in the top seven isn’t great, although there’s always the argument that’s who we fare best against.
Liverpool is grinding it out at the moment though and the fact we’ve kept three clean sheets in the last four league games as well as Mingolet’s upturn in form is a positive.
Klopp has already achieved more points than last season and stands to notch the club’s fourth highest points total in the Premier League.
Progress or not though, Liverpool is at a major crossroads right now and anything but the Champions League will see this season labeled as a failure. Cup competitions were sacrificed, January came and went with no arrivals as well as a collapse of form. Liverpool needs to grind this out now, whatever it takes. No excuses.