Last season, motivation from Liverpool’s strong campaigns in the EFL Cup and the Europa League certainly brought the club confidence. While the extra matches were draining for the players, success is contagious and can drive a squad forward.
Instead this season, their disappointment in domestic cup competitions has had the opposite effect on the club’s morale.
Elimination in the EFL Cup semi-final round at the hands of Southampton and an FA Cup fourth-round loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers did little to inspire Liverpool in 2017 thus far.
Jurgen Klopp chose to field several reserves for the match against Wolves, but advancement in either competition may have seen better form throughout these past two months.
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The Premier League title and qualifying for Europe may take a higher priority for the club when it comes to balancing competitions and fixtures, but losses have the ability to pile up.
These failures also have an impact on the Liverpool reserves, as many players will be counted on as the league season draws to a close.
With issues across different tournaments coming about, Liverpool do not have the self-belief and confidence that would be helpful in the final stretch of the Premier League campaign.