Steven Gerrard has highlighted Liverpool’s upcoming clashes with Man United and Tottenham as key to Jurgen Klopp‘s side addressing their form.
The Reds head into the international break having won just once in their last seven games, with their most recent outing resulting in a dismal 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.
Last month, they dropped out of the League Cup at the hands of Leicester City, as well as losing to Man City in the Premier League, and drawing with Sevilla, Burnley and Spartak Moscow.
After a gruelling interval that has seen 25 players head out on duty with their respective nations, Liverpool’s next game comes at home to United on October 14.
And Gerrard believes both that rival face-off and the trip to take on high-flying Spurs on October 22 should bring the best out of Klopp’s squad.
“I cannot wait for those two games,” he told Sky Sports.
“Because watching Liverpool since Jurgen has come in, they are the games where Liverpool seem to prove everyone wrong and put in top-class performances
“I think their record against the top sides is the best so if I was a Liverpool player or the Liverpool manager, those games can’t come quick enough.
“The frustrating thing for Liverpool at the moment is the international break after a couple of games where they feel they should have done better.
“I think Liverpool will itching once the international break is over and really relishing those games.
“As a fan, I am looking forward to watching them in those games because I think they can bounce back.
“With one good result or a couple of good results, they will find themselves back in the top four.”
Remarkably, the Reds’ recent form has brought calls from supporters for Klopp’s sacking, despite his excellent impact on Merseyside since arriving in 2015.
Gerrard doesn’t count himself among those yearning for a change in the Anfield dugout, with the U18s boss describing himself as “a big, big believer in this manager.”
“The league doesn’t lie, Liverpool are where they are, but what I would say is I am really enjoying watching the team at the moment,” he added.
“I love the manager. I think he has taken this team and the club forward. There is a lot of excitement about.
“I can see Jurgen is a little bit frustrated at the moment but so are we all. We are all fans.
“Of course, it could have been a little bit better if chances had gone in or individual errors could have been avoided.
“But we are seven games in and Liverpool are capable of going on a long run of winning games.
“I am very, very confident that this season can be a success, whether that be in the league or in Europe or the FA Cup. I am a big, big believer in this manager.”
Last season, Liverpool went unbeaten against sides in the Premier League‘s top six, securing victories over Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Spurs, as well as two wins over Everton.