Liverpool’s 2017 to date has seen them with three draws and a pair of losses in league action. It’s also seen them crash out of the EFL and FA Cup. In fact, their only win came against League One side Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup. In a replay following a draw. The round before they got knocked out by Championship side Wolves.
It has been, to put it mildly, a disappointing year. The good news, if there is any, is that all the club’s stars are back fit and available for selection and that from here out there will only be one game a week. Still, they look a slumping, dispirited side. But, according to Ragnar Klavan, they have faith that the fans will help them out.
“I have sampled playing against Liverpool here and it is really hard,” said the defender who signed from Augsburg last summer after playing against Liverpool in the Europa League. “All these supporters create this whole club and you have that sense of representing them. Our fans can make a big impact on the rest of our season
“It is a big boost for us when they are with us. The game against Manchester City was a perfect example. We were leading but they were pressuring us more in the second half, getting more possession and pushing us. You could sense that the crowd understood. They gave us the extra energy to stay in the game and keep fighting.”
Liverpool’s recent form has been disastrous, and a poor result on Saturday against Tottenham could see them drop to sixth behind Manchester United by the end of the weekend. It’s quite a fall from November’s talk of being title challengers. Still, at the time that talk seemed justified. It didn’t seem at all unreasonable.
It may be that this Liverpool side isn’t as good as it looked in the autumn, but it also isn’t as bad as it’s seemed over the past month or two. Hopefully, they can get their season back on track; hopefully, Klavan will be proven right in his belief that the supporters will be there to help them do that on Saturday.