"We know that we owe the manager and the fans a big performance."
That’s the message from Nathaniel Clyne as Liverpool prepare to show a much-needed response when Tottenham Hotspur come to Anfield on Saturday evening.
Defeat at Hull City last weekend extended the Reds’ frustrating run in 2017, with Jürgen Klopp’s side having won only one of their past 10 matches in all competitions.
The determination to put things right is shared by everyone in the squad – and Clyne has admitted that the players feel there is a point to prove against Spurs.
“It wasn’t good enough against Hull and there has to be a response,” the right-back told the Liverpool Echo.
“The fans will be up for it and we need to give them a boost. We haven’t won at home for a while and we have got to put that right.
“It won’t be easy because Tottenham are a very good side. But we’ve got the ability to beat them. We’ve proved we can beat anyone in this league this season and we need to get back on track.”
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Liverpool can approach the clash with Spurs knowing they have a track record of matching and overcoming their nearest rivals in the Premier League.
Klopp’s men have not been beaten by any other team in the top six so far this season, instead coming unstuck against Burnley, Bournemouth, Swansea City and Hull City.
“I think what that record shows is that you have to be at 100 per cent in every single game,” Clyne reflected.
“If your levels drop in the Premier League you run the risk of getting turned over. Every game is tough. You have to stay focused and keep a winning mentality.
“Against the big teams we’ve been right up for it but you have to have that same attitude and approach every week. Hull have to be treated like they are Chelsea.
“It’s been a difficult time but the spirit is still good and we’re all working together as a team to get back to where we were.”
So, what specifically have the Reds been doing in training this week to put things right?
“We’ve put what happened against Hull to bed,” said Clyne. “We can’t dwell on that any longer. Now it’s about what we’ve got coming up.
“We’ve worked on a lot of things this week – set-pieces, defending as a team and also our movements when we attack. It’s been about what we need to do as a team to get the three points.
“We’ve got 14 games to go and there’s a lot to play for. I still believe we’ve got the quality to finish in that top four.”