Liverpool’s 11-match unbeaten run is a source of confidence for the squad but it will not lead to complacency, Philippe Coutinho has insisted ahead of Watford’s visit to Anfield this weekend.
The Reds haven’t been beaten since losing away to Burnley on August 20 – a sequence that ensured they went into the latest round of Premier League fixtures level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the summit of the division.
However, while such form naturally enhances self-assurance among the players, Coutinho is adamant nobody is giving it any thought as Liverpool gear up to tackle the Hornets on Sunday in their latest challenge.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “It is good to keep confidence, but to be honest we must put that aside and think game-by-game.
“Of course, we try to improve during each training session and each game, then review what we did wrong and try to improve by listening to our manager to do things right next time around.
“If we have a clear target, we must think of things one match at a time and apply all our efforts into it.
“Like I said before, the run gives us confidence but we need to build game-by-game. We must not think about the number of wins that we’ve already achieved. Our target is always to get the three points we aim for and this way we will continue our journey.
“We immediately stop thinking about the last match once it's over and start thinking about our next one. That is our mentality. Our number of wins is good and important, but we leave that aside."
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Liverpool will come up against a Watford side who were occupying seventh position in the Premier League table on Saturday morning following a four-match unbeaten run throughout October.
Although the Reds will be favourites to emerge with three points, Coutinho is eager to continue the no-complacency theme by stressing they’ll be taking nothing for granted.
“Every match in the Premier League is very difficult and that is the reason why the Premier League is considered one of the toughest leagues in the world, so Sunday will be another hard match,” he stated.
“But it’s very important for us to continue this long journey and to get the three points is our target. We must work extremely hard to do that, but of course we've prepared for the game well this week to go into Sunday and try to perform well.
“All the teams in the Premier League are very strong, so every game is very difficult and we must work very hard to get the win we look for because Watford have a good team.”