There’s a feel-good factor at Anfield at the moment – despite last Saturday’s defeat to arch-rivals Manchester United.
A 2-1 loss at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s men is a result that would usually upset the atmosphere around Liverpool but the Reds still have a feel about them that they’re on the right track.
Being able to immediately look forward to a first Champions League quarter-final draw since 2009 helped – as did the fact that United were not involved after their defeat to Sevilla.
Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City turned out to be their last-eight opponents – something that neither side particularly wanted but two legs between Europe’s best high-intensity attacking sides promises to be something for everyone to get excited about.
But Liverpool are still yet to play since their defeat to United, making Saturday’s game against Watford an important step in their season as they prepare to show how steady the ship is.
Manager Jurgen Klopp, however, believes the club as a whole already proved how good things are against United.
“What I saw on the pitch, in the dressing room at the end […] proves categorically we are in a very good way,” he said in his pre-match notes ahead of the Watford game.
But Klopp singled out one thing in particular that demonstrated the incredible atmosphere at Liverpool – the fans.
“I always go to thank the fans for their support after every game but at Old Trafford my gratitude was even stronger than usual,” he explained. “That was because the 3,000 Liverpool supporters in a crowd of almost 75,000 had somehow made themselves sound like there were 10 times as many in the away end.
“We heard them before the game, we heard them during the game and, most importantly of all, we heard them after the game when we needed them most.”
This wasn’t just ordinary fan noise as far as Klopp is concerned – it was something that really resonated with him.
“To hear them singing so loudly after the game had been lost gave me one of the strongest feelings I have had since I came here as manager,” said Klopp.
“As well as pride at representing people who support Liverpool in this way, I also felt a powerful responsibility to bring them the success that they deserve.
“This is something that I feel every day and it will never go away but at that moment it felt as strong as ever. All of this is because the club is in a good way.”
Now it’s the players’ turn to prove how right he is.