Liverpool will only be focusing on the positives of their situation after their 2-0 defeat to Atalanta, according to Michael Owen.
The Reds made Champions League Group D more intriguing after Wednesday’s loss to their Serie A visitors. Goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens capped off a miserable night for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Indeed, after smashing Atalanta 5-0 in their last match, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane hardly affected proceedings at Anfield.
What’s more, even after the arrivals of Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool could not muster much more attacking intent.
Speaking to BT Sport, Owen admitted that it was one of Liverpool’s worst performances in a “long time”. However, he added that the players will not be dwelling on the result.
“Definitely in the dressing room now it’ll be positive messages. Definitely. There’ll be no picking people out and saying ‘You’re not doing well enough and you’re not going to play again’ and things like that,” the pundit said.
“You save that for when you’re winning and you’ll have a little pop at someone then here and there. But tonight it’ll all be ‘Come on, get ourselves ready now for the weekend, big game on Saturday’.”
The former striker added: “It was a really, really poor performance, the worst we’ve seen from Liverpool in a long time.
“It’s one of those where you go, ‘let’s put this to one side and focus on the next one’. You always must look at the positives, if you are going to have a bad day, you should have it today.
“If you said at the start of the group, ‘you need one win from the last two games’, then Liverpool would have taken it. If you are going to lose one then this is not a bad one. It is not ideal but it’s better than on Sunday [against Leicester].”
Liverpool’s pressing priorities
Indeed, Liverpool still only need one more win to guarantee their place in the last 16. They play Ajax at Anfield next Tuesday, after beating the Dutch champions 1-0 on matchday one.
But before that, the Reds play Brighton away from home in the Premier League on Saturday.
Klopp complained of the fixture scheduling on Sunday and alluded that his changes on Wednesday reflected the short turnaround.