It’s been a good six weeks for Liverpool. Two-legged victories over rivals Manchester United and German power Borussia Dortmund have them through to the Europa League semi-finals. In domestic action, aside from one bad half against Southampton, it’s been all positive results. Daniel Sturridge has even stayed fit.
It’s been a good six weeks. Midfielder Adam Lallana is warning people not to get carried away, though, as a European semi-final doesn’t get you a trophy. And Liverpool currently sit eighth in the table. as good as things have been of late, nothing has been achieved just yet, and it’s still entirely possible for the season to end in disappointment.
"We're not getting ahead of ourselves," said the midfielder this morning. "We’ve achieved nothing yet. We are starting to perform a little bit more consistently and the manager is running the changes and lads are coming in and performing well. I think it shows what a big squad he's got here and he can trust all his players, [but] we’ve won nothing yet."
All of which is entirely true and a quite sensible reminder to boot. For all Liverpool’s quality play of late, end the season by losing to Villarreal over two legs and finish eighth in the table, and it will be far harder to look back on the 2015-16 campaign with any real excitement. Complacency must be avoided if the results are to continue to come.
The players at least seem focused on that, and a heavily rotated lineup that gave youth and fringe players a chance to impress did seem to help keep things fresh against Stoke and Bournemouth in the league the last two weeks. Everton and a local derby for the next match should help too, with the players already well excited for the match.
"There's no better feeling than winning games," Lallana added. "You just want the next game to come as soon as possible. At the minute, we've got a lot of games—Wednesday, Saturday, and then Thursday. The manager changes things up and keeps everyone fresh and wanting to do well when they come in."