With the gap to Man City not taking the desired hit on Sunday, Liverpool know they have to continue to “dig in” to get the required results in the face of adversity.
In a title race that demands perfection, the lack of ruthlessness leaves plenty of ground to make up.
Virgil van Dijk knows “anything can happen still” in the race for the league despite the Reds – who have a game in hand – sitting 11 points behind Man City, and for Jordan Henderson, the focus is only on what Liverpool can control.
“We just need to focus on what we need to do in every game that we play and everybody in the squad needs to be ready to play over this next period over the next few weeks, especially without [Naby Keita, Mane and Salah, who now head to the Africa Cup of Nations].
“That’s football, you dig in, you keep going as a squad and hopefully we get our rewards come the end of the season.”
Covid cases and injuries have hit the squad and Liverpool will know it will need to be a team effort in the coming days and weeks in both the league and domestic cup competitions.
From Pep Lijnders instructing them to “try with everything you have and try and win it” to Van Dijk calling on the trio to “make us proud!”:
Changes will be made to the lineups and youth will get their opportunity against Shrewsbury, one would expect, to make for an exciting few games ahead after no wins in the last three league games.