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Roberto Firmino insists that empty stadiums have hampered Liverpool’s title defense, but feels the Champions League is a way to save the season.
The Reds started 2021 atop the Premier League but are now in a battle to finish in the top four. The Merseysiders have lost five of their last eight league games and are 13 points behind Manchester City, which leads the table.
Jurgen Klopp has already admitted that the Premier League trophy will not return to Anfield in May. And, with the club already out of the two national cup competitions, Europe is the only possible source of silverware.
Liverpool finished as the leaders of Group D of the Champions League to advance to the round of 16. They will face German RB Leipzig in two games, with the first match on Tuesday in Budapest due to coronavirus restrictions.
The return leg will be played at Anfield on March 10. Y Firmino knows that it is the perfect way to lift the gloom that has descended on the club.
“We have to react because the season is not going as we expected and the Champions League is a good place to do it,” he said. Mirror. “We can start from scratch in this competition. We know there are still chances to win it. We are not happy with many of our latest results, but this can change, and we can in this competition.
“The experience of winning the Champions League before was unique, something special for us and for the fans. We would sign right now to win it again this season.”
Covid-19 the biggest test for the Reds
Liverpool danced for the title last season. The pandemic it meant they had to wait until summer to complete the paperwork and lift the trophy.
The current situation means there have been no fans on the grounds this season, with little prospect of that changing this period. The giants of the northwest have also had to contend with the absence of key defenders.
Firmino believes that a combination of the two has served them well.
“The coronavirus and injuries are affecting football a lot this season and that includes us,” he added. “With a normal rhythm of matches we would not have suffered so many defeats in the Premier League.
“We know about the last few months without fans, it doesn’t matter so much what field you play on.”
It has been a difficult few weeks for the champions. But the Brazilian is convinced that everything can turn around quickly.
“Our season is not going the way we wanted, but this year everything can change for you in just 48 or 72 hours,” he continued.
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