Liverpool defender says side has 'great strength of character'

The French defender also praised the role of the fans.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has said the side has shown great strength of character this season as they look to put their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea from last weekend behind them.

The Reds were on an 11 game winning run and a draw would have kept them in pole position to win the title, but now it is in the hands of Manchester City – who could win the title on goal difference.

Sakho told the Liverpool website: “We have to remain calm and relaxed. Like I said, everything is going well, even though we lost that game. But that defeat, it’s in the past now, it’s behind us.

“We now have to focus on what’s ahead of us, meaning the next two games. And we mustn’t change anything, we should remain true to ourselves and play our own game and then try and win those two matches so we can grab those six points.”

Some may have questioned Liverpool’s mental strength after the defeat to Chelsea last weekend, they were in a position to lift the title and, as it stands, they’ve let it slip.

It was always going to be difficult to keep their winning run going. If they had won on Sunday, and their remaining two games, it would have been a Premier League record. The best thing they can do is bounce back with a win at a difficult away game against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool have never managed to win an away game in the Premier League against a side managed by Tony Pulis, Monday night will be a good place to start.

But what could really be a big test of character is if City overcome Everton this weekend. It would be so easy for the side to fold and admit defeat in the title race. A win at Selhurst Park would be a true showing of mental strength to keep the race alive.

If City slip up, then Liverpool must take advantage of the opportunity, otherwise their bottle would be brought into question.

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