Along with the three points against Watford, the good news for Liverpool that came out last week was that the injury that took out Philippe Coutinho in the 13th minute wasn’t serious. As a consequence, our magical unicorn will be available to help Liverpool over the last three games.
The next challenge they face is a match at home against Southampton on Sunday. Liverpool have had an abysmal recent history against the Saints, failing to score in all three games they’ve played, leading to two losses and a draw. Coutinho is aware of the problems that the team has faced, and says that they’re ready for it.
“The team has worked very hard and worked very well this week,” he said. “Everyone is focused on the next match.
“We are well aware we have three very, very big games left and we see this as a big opportunity for all of us, so for this reason the team will be focused from the very first minute and I think this will be key to changing that statistic [against Southampton].”
Coutinho relishes the pressure facing the team in these last three games as they try to secure a spot in the top four.
“It’s fantastic. When you're fighting for these positions in the league, it is fantastic – much better than being at the bottom or middle of the table and fighting not to go down even further.
“It is a very healthy pressure. All of us see this as a great opportunity for us, so this ends up giving us a feeling of positive pressure. We are all well aware of the work we need to do. As everyone knows, everything is in our hands now, so we need to search for the three points in each of our last three games.
“Liverpool is a huge, great club and it needs to be playing in these competitions. Liverpool deserves a steady place in the Champions League, so we are trying to improve this situation and keep ourselves there, make ourselves a regular in this competition again – and that’s what we’re aiming for.”
The Reds have their fate in their own hands as they stare down the finish line. Matches against Southampton, West Ham, and Middlesbrough are all that stand between Liverpool and a coveted place in the next season’s Champions League.