Georginio Wijnaldum was left frustrated after Liverpool dropped two points at West Bromwich Albion, but the Reds remaining in control of their own destiny in terms of Champions League qualification was cited as a ‘positive’ by the midfielder.
Saturday’s match at The Hawthorns began superbly for Jürgen Klopp’s team, who took an early lead through Danny Ings’ first goal since October 2015.
Having soaked up a spell of pressure from the Baggies following Ings’ opener, the visitors took charge in the second half and duly grabbed a second in the 72nd minute through Mohamed Salah, which appeared to have sealed victory.
However, West Brom hit back to claim a draw thanks to late strikes from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon.
FA Cup commitments mean none of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur or Chelsea are in Premier League action this weekend, and an otherwise disappointed Wijnaldum acknowledged that third-placed Liverpool are still in a strong position to secure a top-four finish.
“If you look at the positives, we still have it in our own hands,” the Netherlands international told Liverpoolfc.com.
“If we just perform and we get the results we need, we will play in the Champions League next season. But it’s still frustrating because we were 2-0 up.
“In the last couple of weeks we have been good at defending set-pieces, and we still conceded two today so that’s a little bit frustrating. But as I just said, if you look at it the positive way we have it in our own hands so that’s good.”
Wijnaldum and his teammates have no time to dwell on their draw, of course.
AS Roma visit Anfield on Tuesday for a Champions League semi-final first leg, and the No.5 is already relishing that prospect.
“You try to play a good game and do the things that you are good at, but every game is different and not every game is the same because it also depends on the opponent and how they play,” he said.
“They are really good and one thing is sure we will have to give 100 per cent and everyone [will need to] give their all.”