Liverpool had a chance against Bournemouth to put some space between them and their competitors for a top four place and Champions League qualification. Instead, they stumbled, giving up a poor equalizing goal late on in the second half and ending the night with one point rather than three.
The good news is that they're still in the top four, even third overall and two points ahead of Manchester City. The bad news is all the sides chasing them have at least a game in hand. But those other teams will drop points, too, or at least that's what striker Divock Origi is counting on.
"We knew that the race would be tight, but as you've seen, other teams that go for the top four can drop points as well," the striker told the club's official website. "We want to win every game, but we know that we still have a lot to play for. We all know that we have one goal."
This season, with seven games to play, that goal for Liverpool is Champions League qualification. To make it a reality, though, the Reds need to figure out a way to put bottom-half opponents away, with Bournemouth the latest example of a side well behind in the standings that has secured a result.
In fact, of Liverpool's five losses to date this season, not a single one has come against a side in the top ten. Burnley are 14th, Swansea 18th, Hull 17th, Leicester 11th, and Bournemouth, who the Reds lost to back in December, are 13th. It's not the top teams that are Liverpool's problem.
"We have to sit down and see what went wrong and what was good and move forward, because there are still a lot of points to play for," Origi added. "If you look at the game, we put a lot of energy in, a lot of work, and we created a lot of chances. But the details count at this level.
"The situation is not dramatic, we still have a lot to play for and we took a point. We just have to stay strong and in a couple of days we have Stoke, a very important game, and football is quick. So let's try and go and win this game."