After Liverpool’s disappointing 0-0 draw against Southampton, the Reds have made it more difficult for themselves to score a top four spot. The season has come down to two more games, and Liverpool have to win them both in order to secure fourth place.
The first of these games is against West Ham, a team that has been a thorn in Jürgen Klopp’s side for his entire Liverpool tenure. The Reds have gone winless against the Hammers in their last five meetings — which brings to mind uncomfortable comparisons to Liverpool’s record against Southampton, and we all know how that one went.
Defender Joël Matip understands the pressure that Liverpool are facing heading into their last 180 minutes of football, and he recognizes that they need to find a better way to break down these defensive teams if they want to get a result.
“Maybe West Ham will play similarly (to Southampton),” he said. “But it’s not that over the 90 minutes Southampton were sure they would not concede a goal.
“We will see and we will do our best, it doesn’t matter how the other team plays.
“The positive thing as a defender is that we didn’t concede a goal.
“Yes, this is just one half, and then the other is to create more chances against a deep-standing team.
“But this is always hard if a team stands with nine or 10 players in front of the goal. It is even hard if there are only six, but 10 it was really tough and hard. Maybe with a little bit of luck next time, and with a little bit more practice, next time we will have more solutions for this.”
Time for practice is over, so let’s hope the team has found some secret to success against Slaven Bilic’s men, because nothing short of victory will do on Sunday.