Liverpool midfielder Fabinho says his team-mates’ confidence to achieve a win in any situation has waned somewhat this season.
The Reds galloped to their first league title in 30 years last season, making history along the way. Among the club’s achievements was the record for the first title victory – achieved with seven games to go – among the club’s achievements.
Indeed, the best start to the season ever in Europe, winning 26 of the first 27 games, helped them on their way.
After 17 games last season, Liverpool had accumulated 49 points out of a possible 51. This time around, however, they only managed 33 points in the same period.
Talk to ESPN Brazil (via Sport witness), Fabinho explained how his teammates have to trust their process.
“In the league, we unfortunately lost points that we did not lose last season,” said the Brazil international.
“It is a matter of trust. Last year we had this confidence that we could win the games anytime, with collective action, with individual play.
“It didn’t happen this year. We have to fight a little more and work well to beat Manchester [United] and keep your head.
Sunday’s clash with United comes after the Red Devils replaced Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table with Tuesday’s victory over Burnley.
As such, there is the prospect of Liverpool falling six points behind their main rivals. Win, however, and Liverpool will regain the top spot on goal difference.
But after the meeting at Anfield, the two clubs meet again next Sunday at Old Trafford in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
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Meanwhile, former United full-back Gary Neville has spoken of his enthusiasm ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting.
United’s march to the top of the table comes after an almost flawless league form since a 1-0 loss to Arsenal in early November.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have won just two of their last six outings.