Andy Robertson says that Liverpool should view the way that the opposition are currently setting up against them as a clear sign of respect.
The Reds have fired blanks in their last two fixtures against against Bayern Munich and Manchester United with both opponents being extremely well organised and Liverpool have not been able to find a way to break them down.
A worrying statistic is that since the start of 2019 Liverpool have scored multiple goals just twice from nine games (vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth).
The left-back freely admits that the side is currently lacking a spark in attack which needs to be rectified if the side want to lift the Premier League trophy come May.
However, Robertson is aware that every game will be a real grind from now until the end of the season and it is all about finding a way to pick up the three points.
Liverpool Echo reported Robertson as saying:
"We need to start getting back to playing better and attacking better.
"But that's why it’s harder to win a Premier League instead of a Champions League because it’s over 38 games.
"You can’t play well in every game and it’s about grinding out results.
“We might well look back on these games and say, ‘You know what, a time we weren’t playing our best we ground out results and that’s what won us the league’.
Robertson pointed to the tactics of recent opponents, and said it while it was incredibly frustrating not to pick up the victory on both occasions, it was a genuine sign that the opposition feared the attacking weapons that the Reds possessed.
“It’s two top top-quality teams have done that to us in the last week - Bayern Munich and Man United, it doesn’t get much bigger than that.
"I think something we’re struggling with is that we need to start respecting ourselves.
" These teams are showing us the respect and we need to use that as a positive.
They’ve shown us the respect of sitting back and being a bit more defensive than they have been since the manager’s took over, we need to use that as a positive rather than a negative.
"It’s maybe something we need to work on.
“It’s something you have to deal with, if you’re going to win the league you’re going to need to beat the rest.
"Whatever way you do it, you have to do it.
The Scottish captain said rather than the squad looking over their shoulder at every turn, they should embrace the challenge of the upcoming couple of months with open arms.
"We won’t be looking at City’s fixtures, we need to look at our own and need to concentrate on winning our games because if we take our eye off the ball that’s how we’ll lose it. We’ve got to be strong, we’ve got to enjoy it, and I’m sure we will".
After just one win in their last four league games, Robertson knows the next two fixtures are crucial to the outlook for the rest of the season.
"We’ve got big tests coming up, Watford just beat Cardiff 5-1 so that’s not going to be an easy game, and then obviously we’ve got the derby.
"It’s a big week so we need to recover now and then look forward to Wednesday and hopefully we can be a bit more clinical with the last pass.”
While Liverpool have not been as successful against their top six rivals compared to previous seasons, against the second tier clubs and below, they have been close to faultless and is one of the major reason behind the success of the team this season.
That is why the next couple of games are of vital importance as we edge towards the final two months of the season.