Georginio Wijnaldum hopes Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United can provide a timely confidence boost going into their huge top-four showdown with Chelsea in midweek.
Victory at Bramall Lane brought an end to a miserable run of four straight league defeats for the Reds, a period that not only put an end to their title defence but also leaves them in a battle to secure a place in the Champions League next season.
Despite fielding their 14th different centre back partnership in the league this season, and missing first choice goalkeeper Alisson, Liverpool kept their first clean sheet in eight Premier League matches.
Georginio Wijnaldum believes Liverpool can take confidence from their return to winning ways
The Reds face Chelsea at Anfield on Thursday in a pivotal match in the race for a top four place
And ahead of a massive match at home to Chelsea on Thursday, Wijnaldum is hopeful the win and solid defensive showing will provide the confidence boost his side have been looking for.
‘It gives us confidence because the last few games we’ve conceded a lot of goals so that will help us as we look towards Chelsea next,’ he told Liverpool’s official website.
‘I think it’s a good thing if you win a lot in a row, but I think this is a good one to stop the losses that we have had before.
It was a rare clean sheet for Jurgen Klopp’s side, despite fielding another changed backline
‘I think this is really good for the team and it gives a good feeling again [ahead of] the next game and also [lifts] our confidence.’
Jurgen Klopp’s men have lost their last four successive home matches, for the first time since 1923, and to avoid extending that run will have to avoid defeat against a Chelsea side still unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel.
The Blues are one point ahead of Liverpool in the table, but while they have been defensively solid under their new manager, they have managed to score just eight goals in seven matches since Tuchel took charge.
Liverpool face a Chelsea side on Thursday that are still unbeaten under boss Thomas Tuchel
With West Ham, currently two points ahead of Liverpool in fourth, not playing midweek, a win over Chelsea would lift the Reds back into the top four at least for a few days.
And there could be more good news for Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp revealing after the Sheffield United win that Fabinho and Diogo Jota are in line for a return against Chelsea, while Alisson is also expected to be back.
‘Alisson and Fabinho, I’m pretty sure [will be available],’ he said.
‘With Diogo, he was with us in the hotel, but he got sick overnight and we had to send him home. It depends how quick he will recover, obviously.
‘He was in the squad and as I said before, he trained with the team and it all looked really good but unfortunately he got sick overnight. I think he will be available, but I don’t know.’
Klopp believes that both Fabinho and Diogo Jota could return for Liverpool against Chelsea