Despite that he's once again being linked with a move away and that Daniel Sturridge is on the verge of returning from injury, Fabio Borini took some time out from training today to re-state his commitment to the cause. Namely to the cause of stopping the whole losing football matches all the time thing.
"The feeling here is that we have 10 days to work hard and to focus ourselves," said Borini, who along with the rest of Liverpool's players who aren't off on international duty will spend much of the next week at Melwood trying to figure out just what has gone wrong so far this year. And, hopefully, to start getting things right.
It's a commendable sentiment, though it's hard not to wonder if rather than Borini working to re-focus himself it should be Brendan Rodgers re-evaluating his approach. Particularly when it comes to who and how many strikers he plays up top. Whether it's a case of making changes or getting focused, though, the clock is ticking.
"We can work hard on what we need to do to improve and take that into the game against Crystal Palace and then Ludogorets," added the 23-year-old striker. "We've got to focus on the positives and return to winning ways. We need to find confidence and belief, focus on us first, and really concentrate on what we do.
"We need to just pass all the rest, because that's how you perform well. We played better [vs. Chelsea] than we had in previous league games, but to lose 2-1 is obviously a disappointment. We can't be happy about a loss, especially against one of the contenders for the league and one of our rivals, but there are positives."
Despite playing better and seeing positives, both against Chelsea and earlier in a loss to Madrid, Borini admitted that when a club like Liverpool falls to defeat three times in the span of a week there will be questions. He also hopes that, even in a losing cause against Madrid, he did enough to ensure he gets a few more chances in the coming weeks.
"I think that when I was called on to play I did well against Real Madrid, or against Chelsea when we were down and need to chase the game," he said. "Against Newcastle, we were at 0-0 and needed to change the game, so it's not an easy way to get in, but it's good to be involved and I hope I get more chances."