Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones has said that critics would be wrong to assume that the Reds’ poor form is anything more than a blip in their so far successful season.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side had lost to Napoli and Aston Villa in the Champions League and Carabao Cup earlier in the season, but 26 wins out of 27 Premier League games have seen the Merseysiders run away with a 22-point lead at the Premier League’s summit.
However, the Reds have now suffered three defeats in four games, including their first loss of the league campaign at Watford, before they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Chelsea on Tuesday night.
Klopp has insisted that his side have what it takes to react in Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth, a perspective fully echoed by Jones.
“I think the performances [going forward] have got to be the best they have been,” the 19-year-old told the Liverpool Echo.
“The first team have shown that all season. They have only lost one in the league and one here and everyone starts to point the finger and makes us out to sound like the worst team.
“The boys are still confident and I don’t think that we are silly enough to think defeat won’t come along the way, that is just part of football.
“Back-to-back defeats like this is definitely one that the boys will learn from and put right in the next game coming up.
“It’s crazy to think the way as soon as the club loses a game or two that everybody starts saying that something is going wrong or the players aren’t performing well.
“OK, I would say that every good team has a bit of a blip and that is all this is. I’ve got no doubt that the players will bounce back in the best way possible and put that right in the next few games.”
Liverpool follow up Saturday’s match against Bournemouth with their crucial Champions League second leg against Atletico Madrid, with the Spanish giants winning 1-0 in Madrid in February.
In other news, Steve McMananam has tipped Mohamed Salah to ignore reported interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer by staying at Liverpool.
Egypt hero Salah has been unstoppable for the Reds since his arrival but the likes of Jamie Carragher have explained a feeling among Liverpool fans that the winger could depart in the summer.