Liverpool head into a crucial clash against Leeds at Anfield on Wednesday with heightened motivation after new life was breathed into the Premier League title race this past weekend.
In a perfect sequence of results for the Reds, Jurgen Klopp’s team first claimed a comfortable 3-1 win over Norwich before seeing Tottenham Hotspur pull off a last-gasp victory over title rivals Manchester City.
There are currently just six points separating log-leaders Man City from Liverpool, and with a game in hand, the Reds will now host lowly Leeds.
It’s an ideal opportunity to cut City’s lead back to just three points, and to perhaps even establish a superior goal difference (City’s goal difference is currently 46 compared to Liverpool’s 44).
Just a few short weeks ago, it appeared that City were set to establish an unassailable lead at the top of the league standings, but Liverpool have continued to apply the pressure through consistent form.
The key for Klopp’s charges will be to now ensure that they maintain the necessary intensity against a struggling Leeds team who are just coming off the back of a 4-2 loss at home to Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp briefly enjoyed the luxury of having all of his squad fit and available before being hit by successive injuries last week, with Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino set to be unavailable for the Leeds clash.
The Reds manager is also facing a challenging task of balancing his team’s priorities as they will be desperate to overcome Chelsea in a Wembley showdown for the Carabao Cup next Sunday.
Nevertheless, what’s abundantly apparent is that Liverpool are rising to the occasion as they embrace the chase for the league title.
“The situation we enjoy,” said Klopp. “We have never had it before, that we are in all four competitions. Long may that continue, as that means we can play lots of games. It is the thing we love most but it is not easy and that is why we changed seven players against Norwich.
“I expect the boys to listen when I say the next game we play is the most important.”