Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool’s looming clashes with Manchester United and Tottenham are exactly what Jurgen Klopp’s side need to get their season back on track.
The Reds are seventh in the Premier League table, seven points behind both Manchester sides, after just one win from their last seven games.
But Liverpool have had a superb record against their title rivals since Klopp took over, going undefeated against the top six last season (five wins, five draws).
“I cannot wait for those two games because watching Liverpool since Jurgen has come in – they are the games where Liverpool seem to prove everyone wrong and put in top-class performances,” Gerrard told Sky Sports News.
“I think their record against the top sides is the best so if I was a Liverpool player or the Liverpool manager those games can’t come quick enough.
“The frustrating thing for Liverpool at the moment is the international break after a couple of games where they feel they should have done better.
“I think Liverpool will itching once the international break is over and really relishing those games.
“As a fan, I am looking forward to watching them in those games because I think they can bounce back.
“With one good result or a couple of good results they will find themselves back in the top four.”
Gerrard admits Liverpool’s recent results, which included a 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday, have been frustrating to watch but he remains convinced Klopp is the right man to lead Liverpool to their first silverware since winning the League Cup in 2012.
“The league doesn’t lie – Liverpool are where they are,” Gerrard said. “But what I would say is I am really enjoying watching the team at the moment.
“I love the manager. I think he has taken this team and the club forward. There is a lot of excitement about.
“I can see Jurgen is a little bit frustrated at the moment but so are we all. We are all fans. Of course, it could have been a little bit better if chances had gone in or individual errors could have been avoided.
“But we are seven games in and Liverpool are capable of going on a long run of winning games.
“I am very, very confident that this season can be a success, whether that be in the league or in Europe or the FA Cup.
“I am a big, big believer in this manager.”