Liverpool have had a disastrous start to 2017 and have only picked up one victory, which was in the FA Cup against Plymouth Argyle. The Reds had to deal with disappointment in the EFL Cup as they could not turn around a 1-0 deficit from the first leg and had to deal with defeat in the second.
Coupled with the recent loss against Swansea and the pressure is on the Liverpool players as they look to bounce back in front of the home crowd. One of the players who got a chance against Plymouth, Sheyi Ojo, was speaking to the club’s website and stated that it is up to the players to turn around the fortunes of the team.
“Whoever plays, the main goal is always to get the win for the team and try to do well,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“It doesn’t really matter who’s playing, we’ve all got that responsibility to help the team get the win and progress to the next round.”
Even though the Reds have failed to impress in recent weeks, Ojo added that the spirit in the team is still high and is sure that the players will pull through in the end.
“We’ve got a good spirit within the squad so everyone is helping each other out through the good and the bad,” he added.
“We’re going through a bit of a tough period but I’m sure we’ll bounce back.
“Anything can happen in football. One minute, we’re losing and everything is going against us, and the next minute we’re winning and everything’s going well.
“We’ve got to keep just doing what we’re doing in training and listening to the staff and hopefully the results will come.”
One of the major problems for the Reds has been their inability to score past teams, something we saw against Plymouth and Southampton but the youngster added that the team is working hard on it.
“We’ve been working on it in training,” he explained.
“There are loads of different ways to play against teams like that and one of them is just being patient.
“We’ve got great players in the squad and it’s just about utilising everyone’s role in the team, being patient with the ball and being clinical.
“[Against Southampton], we had chances, but unfortunately we weren’t able to take them and I think that’s one thing we’ve got to improve on in the coming games.”
The FA Cup is the last real chance of any silverware for the Reds and if this match goes to a replay or even worse a defeat, there will be a lot to answer for Klopp and the Reds.