‘It is not just about physical stuff… it is something psychological’: Thiago Alcantara insists Liverpool’s squad have been mentally scarred from their failed quadrable bid last season
- Thiago insists Liverpool are feeling the effects from their quadruple bid last year
- The Reds won two out of the four trophies they were aiming to win in 2021-22
- The midfielder claims that ‘something psychological’ is holding Liverpool back
- REPORT: Liverpool are held to goalless draw with Chelsea in league clash
Thiago Alcantara has admitted Liverpool’s failed attempt to complete the quadruple last season left mental scars that have not fully healed.
The chances of Liverpool playing in the Champions League next season seem to be more centred on them winning Europe’s premier club trophy as opposed to finishing in the top four. A 0-0 draw with Chelsea was of little use to them.
Jurgen Klopp explained 10 days ago that he had underestimated what a toll playing in every game of the last campaign had taken, so it was significant that Thiago became the first member of his squad to publicly acknowledge the hangover.
Liverpool midfielder Thiago says the squad are struggling with ‘something psychological’
The Reds were held to a goalless draw with Chelsea as their Premier League worries go on
‘It is not just about physical stuff,’ Thiago said. ‘It is something psychological because we were so close to winning everything and we just touched it but sadly it went away. In the bad moments, we have to be together as a team.
‘Last season we had one of the greatest seasons I’ve ever had in my life. This season is not one of the best but it doesn’t matter. It is a challenge.’
The team sheet Klopp produced for the Chelsea game was intriguing. He more or less stuck with the team who had beaten Wolves in the FA Cup third round replay, leaving high-profile figures such as Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the bench.
The Reds sit ninth in the league after failing to beat the west London side at Anfield
One explanation Klopp offered was fitness but it felt a reflection of the way Liverpool have been playing. In this form, it would not be a huge surprise if they failed to make the top six, but Thiago says that isn’t even a consideration.
‘We go game by game to get points to help us be as high (up the table) as possible,’ the Spain midfielder explained. ‘Our aim is the next game. Not to be in the top four or the Europa League, just the next game.
‘There is a long way to go in the season. We are in a position for the Champions League and FA Cup. We are not in the position we want in the Premier League but still we are there and that’s good.’
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