Liverpool’s campaign took another turn for the worse after a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United. This was yet another poor result for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have managed to just two wins in the last five matches. As a result, the club has slipped to seventh place in the table with 12 points. The two Manchester clubs at the top of the table have already been able to open up a sizable seven-point advantage. The Premier League is no La Liga and teams cannot run away with the title with a seven-point advantage inside the first 10 matches. However, there is still plenty of concern at Merseyside.
Club legend Steven Gerrard has tried to dismiss those rumours by claiming that the Reds can still revive the campaign by getting a victory over rivals Manchester United once the season resumes from the short international break. “The frustrating thing for Liverpool at the moment is the international break after a couple of games where they feel they should have done better. With one good result or a couple of good results, they will find themselves back in the top four,” said Gerrard.
The break helps Liverpool a lot as the team heads straight into a string of big matches in domestic and European competitions. Aside from facing Manchester United and Tottenham in back-to-back matches, Liverpool also have a crucial Champions League encounter against Maribor.
Gerrard has identified the home match against Manchester United – just after the international break – as the game to reignite the club’s campaign. Even though Liverpool have struggled in this fixture of late with just two wins since 2012, Anfield has always been a tough place for the opponents. Liverpool will find it easier to raise their game after having been pretty flat in some recent encounters. Gerrard has been part of several encounters against United, and he says that the international break is a factor that could play a crucial role in the build-up to this match.
“I think Liverpool will itching once the international break is over and really relishing those games. As a fan, I am looking forward to watching them in those games because I think they can bounce back,” continued the former Liverpool midfielder.
Jurgen Klopp started out exceedingly well at Liverpool, but the 2017-18 season has so far been marred by speculation surrounding Philippe Coutinho. Gerrard is confident that the German manager will get the club back on track.