This comes after Pearce recently made an appearance on the latest episode of The Athletic’s Liverpool-themed podcast The Red Agenda where he spoke about a number of topics concerning Jurgen Klopp’s side, including their recent 1-0 defeat against Fulham in the Premier League.
He said: “I wonder how much of it is mental fatigue as well as physical.
“I spoke to someone recently at the club, who just said everything just feels like hard work this season. It just feels like the enjoyment and the joy of it has kind of seeped away a bit and of course, that’s as a result of so many setbacks along the way and a lot of adversity that’s been thrown in their direction.”
So far this season in the Premier League, Klopp’s side have won 12 out of their 28 played league games, drawing seven and losing nine in the process (per BBC Sport).
TIF Thoughts on James Pearce’s comments on the mood at Liverpool behind the scenes…
With Liverpool having lost all but one of their seven previous league games, it comes as no surprise to us that the mood at the club at this moment in time isn’t particularly positive.
However, it does seem remarkable that a team that accrued 99 points last year can suffer such a dramatic mental drop, as Pearce explains.
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In regards to some of the setbacks that Pearce mentioned in the podcast that the club have had to deal with this season, the fact that they lost Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk to season-ending injuries earlier in the campaign could explain why they have managed to concede 36 goals in the league so far, compared to them only conceding 33 throughout the entirety of last season that saw them win the league title at a canter.
Moving forward, if the team can turn their form around for the remainder of the current season, get some positive results under their belt and climb up the league table, this would be a good way of improving the overall mood at the club, in our view – and that is essentially all they can do at this point.