Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool’s difficult season has simply made him more determined to turn things around.
The Reds went out of the Champions League at home to FC Basel on Tuesday evening, and travel to Manchester United this Sunday knowing another defeat will leave them 10 points behind their bitterest rivals.
But Rodgers – who has seen his position as Liverpool boss come under threat in recent weeks – says the difficult spell has made him all the more determined to succeed at the club.
He said: “I’m more determined to succeed here.
“Six or seven months ago we nearly won the title.
“It makes me ever more determined. We still have a long way to go this season and very much.
“This is the best game (against United) to bounce back from.
“It’s more than a football game. You’re representing a city.
“We couldn’t dwell on the disappointment of Tuesday for too long.
“Today on the training field, the players and the staff made sure we lifted that spirit.
“The game against United is perfect for us.”