Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, has challenged his colleagues to raise their game to answer critics, who claimed they are “bottling” their title bid with performance on the pitch.
The Anfield side are now one point behind Manchester City at the top of the table, following their goalless draw against Everton in the Merseyside derby last Sunday.
The Reds, who have lost just one game in the Premier League this season, have taken just 10 points from a possible 18 over the last six games.
Pundits are of the opinion that the club’s destiny is no longer in their hands after falling behind City, who are the defending champions.
The England international said there are still a lot to fight for in the title challenge.
“It’s no good talking about it, we have to respond on the pitch,” Henderson said.
“There are nine games left, so plenty of football to play, and it is down to us to do the business on the pitch and win as many games as we can.
“Football is a lot to do with mentality. Obviously talent, which we’ve got in abundance, but we need to show mentality in the next nine games – plus the Champions League – that we can achieve what we want to.
“I think we deserved three points against Everton but we couldn’t manage to get the ball in the back of the net.
“I think if we score one or two goals everyone goes, ‘It’s a good away performance in the derby’, but when you don’t score people start analysing differently.
“But I can’t remember them having a clear-cut chance. There were pressure moments in the game, set-pieces and stuff, but we coped well with that and I think we created enough to win.
“There is still a long way to go so we’ll keep fighting.”
Henderson insisted the fact that the Pep Guardiola side are on top of the table will not change their mentality.
“It’ll not change our mindset. We take it game by game and we need to carry on doing that,” Henderson added. “We have to stay confident we can win every game. It will be tough as we play some good teams but we have to keep going, stay confident, keep creating chances and keep defending well”, he added.
On winning the league, he said the players do not need extra motivation to deliver their first league title in 27 years.
“We shouldn’t need added motivation to win the Premier League,” said their captain. “I know how much this group of players want to win every game and that’s motivation enough: to do it for each other, for the club, the city and that’s enough for us,” he further said.