Jurgen Klopp’s narrative for the season has been consistent from day one. Time-and-time again the German manager has been questioned on the title race, the impact it has on his players and how the team are coping with being so far ahead at this early stage.
The FIFA Coach of the Year has maintained the same message all-year-round; take it game-by-game. Since winning the Champions League last season, Liverpool have unlocked a relentless mentality that has seen them win 26 of their 27 league matches this season.
This has been due to the player’s ability to take each opponent as they come. To deal with the immediate task in front of them and to not become distracted by the long-term aspirations.
"The only number we are thinking about is three. Three points"
Jurgen Klopp is not worrying about breaking any records as Liverpool eye their 19th Premier League win in a row on Saturday Night Football v Watford
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 28, 2020
Two Liverpool players who have innately programmed Klopp’s message into their mentality is Virgil van Dijk (£75m) and Fabinho (£39m). Both of the Reds’ European heroes haven’t been burdened by the expectations from supporters to end 30-years of title pain and have instead embraced the journey that has taken the team to unprecedented levels of consistency.
Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ have claimed 109 points from their previous 111 available over the past 13 months and this is largely due to the team’s adaptability in finding alternative ways to win.
The players appreciate that despite breaking records on a weekly-basis and redefining the term relentless as we know it, that nothing is guaranteed yet. There is still so much to play for and until the league is mathematically certain, supporters should expect that this mentality will not be altered anytime soon.
The schedule continues with a trip to Watford this evening; however, during an in-depth pre-match chat at Melwood, Fabinho explained why there is an innate desire to collectively improve, despite such jaw-dropping numbers that showcase such unwavering consistency.
The midfielder described by Pep Lijnders as Liverpool’s very-own ‘lighthouse’ also detailed how Van Dijk’s social media message of ‘taking nothing for granted’ was a sentiment shared with his teammates and the reasons he expects the Hornets to prove stern opponents at Vicarage Road.
Speaking with Liverpool’s official website, he said: “That’s true. Even though there aren’t many games left, nothing is guaranteed yet. Obviously the fans’ expectations are very high, but up until now we’ve been working so well that we’re not going to take anything for granted. We can’t do any more than try to improve and win the remaining games – it’d be illogical to take anything for granted.”
Liverpool and Watford’s Premier League bout will take place at 17:30 GMT.