Jurgen Klopp’s men are in the middle of a run of 4 away matches in all competitions that will see the club travel to West Ham in their first fixture of the New Year.
They will play 4 Premier League games that include home fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester United. They will also play a two-legged League Cup semi-final against Stoke City and also an FA Cup fixture against Exter all in the month of January.
This glut of fixtures is sure to create some pressure on the manager who will have to get his team right every time they go out on the field to get the right result. A slump in form can easily change the mood and Anfield and can leave Liverpool struggling for the rest of the season.
However, the manager is optimistic about his team’s chances this month and said that he and his team are up to the task and will try and fight on all fronts.
“I’m the first to force the players [to work] or to help them not getting fatigue in the periods between the games because first of all you get tired in the mind then the body starts thinking the same,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“It’s intensive, we cannot ignore this. It’s the most intensive time in the year after an intensive time, so we are not on holiday for sure.
“But it’s the same situation for nearly all the teams – we have two [cup] games more but that’s how it is. We wanted to go to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup and now we are in it, now we want to go to the final of course, and that’s what we have to deal with.
“It’s a situation and we have to be prepared for all these games, that’s our job. It’s not that you can just say, ‘come on, boys!’ – that’s what we say and that’s what we expect but it’s really intensive.
A good run this month can see the Reds end the month in a very good position in the season and the manager felt that the push for silverware and a European spot next season is enough a push for the players.
“You want to show everybody that you want to make the best of it.”
“It’s good, they are big targets for us, but we have to play the games first. We cannot say now that [if we win], then it is like this,” he added.
“If you take the second step before you make the first then you will, for sure, struggle. That’s what we shouldn’t do.
However, he also said that it was important for his team to enjoy the game on the field and to take one game at a time and not look too far ahead.
“Now it’s West Ham, then we can think about Stoke, then we can think about Exeter, then we can think about Arsenal, then we can think about Manchester United and then I don’t know.
“We have to see, it’s intensive but it’s playing football and we love this. It’s a brilliant game and that’s what we can’t forget.”