Roughly 24 hours stand between us and the return of Liverpool football as the Reds travel to the King Power Stadium to face a Leicester side in turmoil. It’s been a long, tedious break and while Liverpool have had every opportunity to ready themselves for tomorrow’s match, there is still the possibility of dropping points. As always. (Liverpool are Robin Hood club, after all).
"We cannot win this game on 90 per cent, we have to give 100 per cent to win this game,” said Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum in an interview with Sky Sports. “We are running out of games now and the teams at the bottom of the league want every chance to collect points to stay safe.”
That distinction would certainly include Leicester, who were battered when they traveled to Anfield and are now struggling to keep up. Considering relegation threatened teams seem to be Liverpool’s Kryptonite, 100% focus should be the least of their concerns tomorrow. Building on the victory over Tottenham and maintaining that confidence will also be paramount in restarting Liverpool’s top four challenge.
"It gives you a lot of confidence if you play a good game and win the game, because against Chelsea we played a good game, especially in the first half, but we did not win it. Now we won a game, so it gives us a lot of confidence,” add Wijnaldum. "But I think the most important thing is for us to win a few games in a row, because that is what you need to keep the confidence.
"You have to look at it game by game, and do it step by step, and then in the end you will see where you are standing.”
A win tomorrow will put the Reds back into the top four and hopefully provide the momentum needed to face Arsenal at the weekend. A much needed sigh of relief for supporters after the unwelcome break.