Diogo Jota is confident that Liverpool will be able to “close the gap” on Manchester City in the fight for the Premier League title.
Liverpool could be twelve points adrift of league leaders Man City by the time they face Chelsea on Sunday.
Jota has netted seven goals from his last nine Liverpool appearances. There will be pressure on him to perform in January while Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are at the African Cup of Nations. The ex-Wolves star is insistent that Jurgen Klopp’s side can catch up with City.
“We know there is that gap but we also know we are able to close that gap and that’s the plan,” he told Liverpool’s website.
“But we need to avoid what happened against Leicester (the 1-0 defeat on Tuesday) because if we keep doing the things we did in that game, it’s going to be hard for us.
“We know it’s Chelsea away. We drew with them at home, we know it’s not going to be easy.
“We both want to close that gap but we know at least one of us is going to be even further back.
“We need to be at our best – I know if we do that we are able to win the game there.
“We want to start the year well and the only way is to win the game at Stamford Bridge.”
“You’d have to think they have to get four points out of those two, otherwise they could be the first team out of the big three to drop out of contention,” Owen said.
“Liverpool are sat there, a point behind, but they have got a game in-hand. That game at Stamford Bridge – wow. That could be almost an eliminator.
“Even if Liverpool lose that one, I think they’re capable of going on a run like Man City are right now, but I don’t think Chelsea can afford any more slip-ups now. I think they need four points out of the next two.”