Jürgen Klopp has challenged his Liverpool players to use each of their remaining 16 Premier League matches in 2016-17 to once again demonstrate the qualities that helped them make such a powerful start to the campaign.
Since the turn of the year, the Reds have won just one of their eight matches in all competitions, but the manager feels that should not detract from the progress they’ve made overall this season.
And Klopp wants his team to put recent frustrations out of their minds and focus on what can still be achieved this term – starting tonight against Chelsea at Anfield.
He wrote in his matchday programme column: “16 matches and 48 points: this is our season now. This is our focus.
“When the season began we had three competitions for which we could fight to bring some special moments to LFC this campaign. We reached a semi-final of one and the fourth round of another. We can no longer do anything about the cup competitions. For this season at least that journey is over.
“But, in the Premier League we remain in a really good way and we have big opportunities to make a really impressive mark on this. It is undoubtedly the most competitive this league has been for some time, possibly ever. I think glancing at the points totals of the teams in the top six and comparing it to other seasons will show this.