Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits the players are going through a situation most have never been in before, but insists they cannot afford to play the ‘victim role’.
The 2-0 loss in the 238th Merseyside Derby It was the first time they had lost at Anfield to Everton since 1999. But, even worse, it was their fourth consecutive league loss at home, their worst run since 1923.
Injury to captain Jordan Henderson now leaves Jurgen Klopp without five options at center-back as goals dried up at Anfield with just two goals – one of which was a penalty – in the final eight hours and 48 minutes.
The reigning champions fell from the top of the table Dec. 30-6, three points outside of the top four, and without fans inside the field to offer their support, there could be a tendency within the squad to feel that the season is collapsing.
But Wijnaldum stressed that this should not happen.
“This is a new situation we find ourselves in right now. In previous seasons when we created so many chances, we always scored a goal, ”he said. liverpoolfc.com.
“And now we are in a period where we create a lot of chances but don’t score the goal. It’s frustrating, especially when you’re on the pitch and playing.
“You don’t want to feel sorry for yourself and don’t want to play the role of victim.
“You just want to face the situation and try to bring it to a better end, or a good ending, even though you know you have a lot of injuries.
“I think that’s the way we should look at it, not being the victim, but just trying to turn it around.
“We have a lot of games to turn the situation around – if we see the situation as casualties, it will be worse.
“What we can do is just try to give it our all, try to stay confident and all work together to make (the season) end better.”
Liverpool are still alive in the Champions League, holding a 2-0 lead in the last 16 first leg against RB Leipzig after a midweek performance that stood out as being markedly different from what has been. seen in the last game. two months.
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Klopp trying to build on positives
Klopp has seen bright spots in a lot of these matches and knows he needs to try to build on those elements to prevent the battle for the top four from getting even more difficult.
He refused to accept, however, his team had leveled off after three successful seasons.
“Not all games were the same. We were dominant in most games. In the decisive moments, we make a mistake or something strange happens, ”he said.
“It’s like this: if we make a mistake the opponent is about 100 percent scoring and if we force them to make mistakes it doesn’t mean we will score immediately.
“It is not an explanation to say that for three years we are really good and in the fourth it is normal that we struggle.
“I don’t see any relation to the past three years. The boys are always full of desire, but to change football matches and results, you have to be decisive in the offensive and defensive moments and that’s what we lack.
“I don’t like to talk about the good sides of the game (Everton) because we lost the derby but from tomorrow we have to use it again.
“We can’t change the situation by playing badly, it’s not possible, but in the decisive moments we have to improve, that’s clear.