Simon Mignolet believes Liverpool FC's players can start turning their domination of matches into points, starting with the visit of Manchester United FC to Anfield on October 14.
Much as many Liverpool FC fans would hate to admit it, this may just be a good time for an international break.
While they may have only lost a single Premier League game so far this season, draws against Watford FC, Burnley FC and Newcastle United FC on Sunday leave the Reds a full seven behind both Manchester clubs going into Saturday week’s crucial clash against the Red Devils at Anfield.
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits that the side’s failure to turn chances into goals is both “disappointing and frustrating” but believes that a win against Jose Mourinho’s side could provide the club with just the boost it needs.
“If you come away with a 1-1 result, that’s obviously a disappointing feeling. You start to look at what you could have done better,” Mignolet told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I think we played well, we deserved to get the victory; we created chances. But it is how it is at this moment in time, we have to take it.”
The Belgian believes that some time away from the club will see players reinvigorated to focused for the clash against United.
“It’s disappointing and frustrating but we have to keep looking forward, keep our heads up and make sure when we come back after the international break we go again against Manchester United, which is a big game and something to turn things right for us,” he added.
“Everybody will be away in another environment and when they come back we’ve got that one to look forward to.
“I’m sure everybody will be focused on their international duties now but when they are back they have a big game to look forward to. We will be ready for it.”
Following the 1-1 draw against Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United, manager Jürgen Klopp has moved to reassure fans that his players have not lost confidence.
“No, no drop in confidence. It is our duty to be confident because the boys have quality, we need to play football,” said the boss.
“You can imagine that when you try and try and try and it doesn’t work, it’s not easy. Phil scores a goal of the month, we made one mistake I would say, I’m not sure who was responsible but we made this mistake - unlucky, 1-1.
“They made a lot more mistakes around the situation with Daniel Sturridge, they missed the ball twice or whatever, Daniel shoots immediately, Daniel with two goals already in the season takes the ball and asks the goalkeeper where he wants the ball, then puts it in the other corner. Then Mo Salah is coming, the goal is completely empty now, unfortunately he doesn’t take his chance and jumps and shoots the ball over the goal. “What’s my job now? To tell them ‘Mo, don’t do that next time’ and ‘Daniel, please have a look next time’? No, they know that and they will do it, 100 per cent.”
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard admitted he was humbled as he received the 2017 Legend of Football Award – but stressed he had unfinished business in the game.
The former Liverpool FC captain and talisman was presented with the accolade, previously won by the likes of Kenny Dalglish and Pele, at a ceremony to celebrate his career in London on Monday night.
“I’m not sure I belong in that company but I’ll certainly take it,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “I’m really blown away by the support and obviously the previous winners.
“But the most important thing is to remember the charity we’re here for, to support Nordoff Robbins – an excellent charity where a lot of music and sport people come together.
“It is based around me tonight, which I’m very humbled and appreciative of, but the charity are the main winners."