Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits that confidence is crucial to his side’s fortunes this season, as they earned a late 1-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday.
The Potters arrived at Anfield on the back of two consecutive defeats, but that form ultimately counted for nothing as they ran their hosts narrowly close to a draw, with Glen Johnson’s late header proving the difference between the two sides.
The result capped off a week in which Liverpool moved one step closer to qualification to the knock-out stages of the Champions League after drawing 2-2 with Ludogorets.
While there is still cause for concern on Merseyside, Rodgers knows that solid victories like the one achieved on Saturday are needed if Liverpool are to turn the corner this season.
“We haven’t been playing at our best this season,” Rodgers said. “There are a handful of occasions, if even that, when we’ve been really fluent.
“For us, it was just about getting the confidence back in the group. We haven’t been good enough in our performances, but they’ve shown in the last couple of games that determination and being competitive is what this group is about.”
Liverpool next face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening and are considered the favourites at a price of 1.98 to travel back to Anfield with all three points.
The hosts, meanwhile, are valued at 3.46 to earn what would arguably be considered an upset victory by many, despite Liverpool’s recent form in the Premier League.