The defeat at home to Crystal Palace aside, Liverpool have looked far stronger defensively over recent weeks and at a stage of the season when it matters most.
Simon Mignolet has rediscovered his top form at the ideal time, producing a number of decisive saves during his side’s highly-contested fight for a top four spot.
The Belgian has been magnificent in away wins over Stoke, West Brom and Watford and has also benefited from the availability of both first choice centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.
Jurgen Klopp’s number one goalkeeper has paid tribute to the side’s overall improvement in defence and how it has introduced a new approach that promises to remain active across the final three games.
“As a team we’ve been defending really well away from home in these kinds of games where it’s tough,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“They put a lot at you, long balls into the box, a lot of physicality – this week again with Troy Deeney, for example – and we dealt well with it.”
“The defence has been solid and we have to keep that going. I think that’s very important and a very stable base and platform to then win games because, like at Watford, we only needed one goal to get all three points.”
“I think it will be similar in the next few games until the end of the season because we play similar games and we’ll have to do the same things over and over again.”
The past few games have seen a less explosive and admittedly less entertaining Liverpool side earn valuable points away from home and, in turn, unveil a style of play that could bode well for the future.
It hasn’t been pretty at times nor the exciting attacking team fans have grown to admire yet the players have found a way to get the job done, primarily through hard work, fight and an undying will to qualify for the Champions League.
A gloriously unspectacular Liverpool seems to be working.