Liverpool forward, Diogo Jota has urged the team to build on their recent 6-1 victory over Leeds in the Premier League by stringing together a series of consistent performances and results that could keep them in contention for a top-four finish this season.
Liverpool currently sit in eighth place, trailing fourth-placed Newcastle by nine points with only eight games remaining.
Liverpool has struggled with consistency this season, having won more than two Premier League matches in a row only once. Although they won four successive matches in November and December, these were interrupted by the World Cup break.
Whenever they have won two consecutive matches, they have failed to secure a third victory, and this has been a setback for them.
Despite their recent big win over Leeds, Liverpool’s hopes of finishing in the top four appear slim, and they will need to produce a series of consistent performances in the remaining games to achieve their goal.
“I think this season we had great results, great wins and we didn’t really follow that. So hopefully this time we can go on a run and win pretty much all the games,” Jota, who scored his first two Premier League goals of an injury-hit campaign, told LiverpoolFC.com after the Leeds game.
“We need to believe,” he said of catching the top four. “While it’s possible, we need to believe. But we can only do that by winning games. Certainly, today was a step in the right direction.”
Liverpool haven’t missed out on Champions League football since finishing eight in 2015/16, Klopp’s first season in charge prior to a major squad rebuild.
Jota had gone a whole year without scoring in the Premier League prior to Monday night, last scoring in a 2-2 draw with Manchester City in April 2022. But he is hoping that his brace at Elland Road will bring confidence and personal momentum.
“I think it was a bit of last season as well, I didn’t score in the last few games,” he admitted.
“This season is really, really hard, struggling with injuries. Now I’m trying to get that momentum and games like today will certainly help for that.”