A dominant 2-0 win over Tottenham for Jurgen Klopp’s men seems to have unearthed the confidence that had faded away amidst a torrid start to 2017.
Liverpool are half way through an extended mid-season break in which the players have the opportunity to regroup, refresh their legs and re-motivate themselves ahead of a season defining stage of the campaign.
One result against a top six rival proved to be a significant morale boost but it is the upcoming trip to face struggling Leicester that promises to be a more telling insight into how the season will pan out.
Struggling against the supposedly ‘struggling’ sides has emerged as a common theme over the past few months which is why a win against the relegation-threatened champions would be an unconventional statement of intent.
Klopp has delivered a message to his players and has turned a focus towards how tough it will be to face Leicester given how they are fighting for Premier League survival.
“Each win can change the mood but if you lose, you have to use it, to get more greedy and if you win, you have to stay greedy,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Of course, Leicester, it’s a difficult situation for them. They’re fighting for the league 100 per cent now and maybe this is the moment they recognise there’s really nothing else to do in this season other than to stay in the league and be really concentrated so we, if you want, could be the first team to face this ‘new’ Leicester. But it’s possible [to win].”
It will be a desperate Leicester that those in Red come up against, just as it was a desperate Swansea and a desperate Hull.
A bit of grit and aggression in addition to the technical ability our players have is what is needed to begin overcoming the so called ‘lesser’ teams and prevail in what will be a physically gruelling finish to the season.
So much rests on where Liverpool finish in the Premier League table. It’s up to the players to build on the Spurs result on take on the form of the Liverpool side that punished teams during the final few months of 2016.