Georginio Wijnaldum insists Liverpool must retain a deep conviction they can get back on track after their recent run and aim to start playing with the freedom that enabled them to make a blistering start to 2016-17.
The Reds will head into Saturday’s tea-time clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on the back of a run that has seen them win just one of their last 10 matches in all competitions, with that victory coming in the FA Cup third-round replay at Plymouth Argyle.
Most recently, Jürgen Klopp’s side went down to a 2-0 defeat at Hull City last Saturday, meaning they dropped out of the top four places in the Premier League table – this coming just days after an outstanding performance in a 1-1 home draw with Chelsea.
Nevertheless, Wijnaldum feels it’s critical Liverpool’s players don’t lose faith in their collective ability, particularly after the manner in which they began the campaign with a free-flowing, high-intensity style of attacking football.
Reflecting on the reasons behind the Reds’ recent run, the Netherlands midfielder said: “It’s difficult to say. People from outside ask us what the reason is that we’re not performing as good as before; they ask you is it [the number of] games that we’ve played, because we’ve played a lot of games in a row – but other teams have had the same and didn’t drop points, and we did.
“Sometimes you’re in a flow and sometimes not. We’re in a situation where we’re not in a flow, but we must have confidence and faith we can change it.
“We showed it against Chelsea, but we have to show that against other teams we’re playing against. We must get the focus to play again like before, playing with freedom.