Liverpool’s performances of late have visibly drifted from the explosive attacking football that granted the team such an impressive start to the season yet they have also earned key away wins.
Three points are all that matter at this stage of the campaign but Georginio Wijnaldum has again turned a focus towards Liverpool stepping up their displays on the pitch following disappointing results recently at home to Crystal Palace and Southampton.
While Jurgen Klopp’s men improved defensively in wins against Stoke, West Brom and Watford, they were far from their best going forward and Wijnaldum knows this has to change ahead of Sunday’s clash with West Ham.
If anything good was to come out of last weekend’s goalless draw at Anfield, it was a demonstration of just how much better the team has to be against Slaven Bilic’s side.
“Every opponent in the Premier League is a warning. It doesn’t matter who you play- you can win against anyone, you can lose against anyone,” Wijnaldum told the Liverpool Echo.
“That is why I say I’m not really busy with winning a game, but more busy with a good performance. If you are busy with a good performance, something you can control, then the chance to win the game is much bigger. That is the way I’m thinking.”
“If we perform we are going to win the game. You don’t say ‘we have to win’, you say ‘we have to perform’ and that makes it easier to win. We must make sure that we give 100% and do the things we did on the training pitch.
“We are going to learn from the mistakes we made this season and we are going to take it into next season. It’s not going to happen to us again.”
The message is clear- perform. West Ham are in the kind of mood that leaves little room for mistakes or a lack of drive from Liverpool at the London Stadium.
Nerves are understandable at such a decisive stage but it is worth remembering what a talented group of players Klopp has at his disposal. A group of players more than capable of proving their class and dominating proceedings in England’s capital.
Play with confidence, play with aggression, play with the same intensity and ambition. A place in Europe’s elite competition beckons, as does the chance to help this club take a significant step forward.