Clyne: Liverpool still have quality to finish in top four

Date published: Friday 10th February 2017 9:41

Nathaniel Clyne: Still feeling positive

Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne has refused to give up hope on their faltering season and believes Champions League qualification is still possible.

The Reds have only won once in all competitions since the start of 2017 and have dropped to fifth in the table ahead of Saturday’s clash with Tottenham.

But Clyne has said there is plenty of time to turn their season around and the squad are working hard to right the wrongs of the last six weeks.

“We’ve worked on a lot of things this week – set-pieces, defending as a team and also our movements when we attack,” Clyne told the Liverpool Echo.

“It’s been about what we need to do as a team to get the three points.

“We’ve got 14 games to go and there’s a lot to play for. I still believe we’ve got the quality to finish in that top four.”

Clyne was also asked to pinpoint the main factor behind Liverpool’s ongoing troubles.

“It’s difficult to put your finger on it,” added Clyne.

“It’s been up and down for us. In the first half of the season we were flying. We were creating a lot of chances and scoring a lot of goals. Come the start of this year we hit a bad patch.

“I don’t think we can use fatigue as an excuse. Other clubs have played the same number of games as us. We just haven’t been performing at the same level as we did earlier in the season.

“In a lot of games teams have sat deep and made it very difficult for us to break them down. They play counter-attack football – trying to restrict our strengths and target any weaknesses.

“But teams also sat back against us earlier in the season. The difference then was that we were firing on all cylinders and the goals were being shared around.

“Confidence is bound to be a factor when you’re losing games but we all still believe in each other and we believe in the manager.”

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