The goal set for Liverpool this season was to finish in the top four and return to the Champions League. Of course, this is easier said than done and Liverpool’s tendency to choke against teams in the bottom half of the table will be tested this Sunday when the euphoria of the Arsenal win wears off and Burnley come to visit.
To Georginio Wijnaldum, though, there is no alternative.
“You can’t afford to lose games,” the midfielder said. It is always possible that you will not win but it is the way you play the game. You must play with the same intention: to win the game and give everything you have.
“We have to make sure at the end of the season we are [in the top four].
“Now it is good for the confidence but if we are going to do it like we [have played] before: playing well and then playing bad again, then it is going to be tough for us to come in the top four.
“We have to have a good run and be confident we can finish in one of the spots.”
Wijnaldum thinks at least part of the issue with Liverpool’s inconsistency may be psychological.
“Is it about pressure? You have more pressure in the bigger games than the smaller ones and we deliver in the bigger games.”
Given how the last Burnley game turned out, you’d hope there’s quite a bit of pressure on the team to deliver this coming Sunday.