January may have been miserable but it’s worth realising that Liverpool are still without question in the running for a top four place.
An emphatic performance and morale-boosting victory over Tottenham last week means confidence is gradually on the rise again as the players enter a two week break from action.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have a timely opportunity to refresh their legs and get some energy back ahead of what promises to be a demanding and decisive stage of the Premier League season.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Emre Can said: “We are fifth in the league – one point off fourth – which is not too bad in a strong league.”
“We know how quickly things can turn around in football. We have to stay together, be one team and look forward.”
“Of course, after we had so many good times in the first half of the season, nobody thought that we would have a spell (like we had). I think we can learn a lot from the past month and come back stronger.”
“(The target has) always been to finish in the top four of the Premier League as we want to play in the Champions League next year. When you play for Liverpool, playing in the Champions League is always the target.”
The squad will fly out to La Manga today for a five-day training camp with Klop recently outlining Liverpool’s extended break as a special February pre-season.
This is the chance for the players to make amends for a disappointing start to 2017 by mounting a strong challenge for top four during the closing stages of the campaign.
A Monday night trip to Leicester promises to be telling in terms of how the next few months will pan out for the club.