Jordan Henderson believes consistency has been Liverpool’s “biggest downfall” and has urged the squad to deliver on a regular basis.
Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over Manchester City – very similar in style to the 4-1 demolition at the Etihad Stadium in the first Premier League meeting of the season – exemplified what can be achieved.
But more often than not such displays have been followed by frustratingly inexplicable defeats to the likes of Crystal Palace, coincidentally Sunday’s opponents, or Newcastle.
Jurgen Klopp has been promised the biggest transfer budget of any Liverpool manager this summer to overhaul an under-performing team, but Henderson reckons ironing out inconsistencies could be the key to unlocking their potential.
“I think consistency has been our biggest downfall,” the 25-year-old said. “Some games have been very good and we look as though we can beat anyone and other days we’ve been poor and haven’t really turned up.
“Consistency is definitely an area where we need to be better. We need to consistently win games and perform in games but I think there are a lot of teams in the league like that.
“There is only probably Leicester who have been very consistent. I know Spurs have been very good of late but they got beat (at West Ham on Wednesday), Arsenal got beat (at home to Swansea on Wednesday), (Manchester) United were on a bad run and now they are doing quite well. The league has been up and down.”