Mohamed Salah admits Liverpool have let the pressure get to them during their nightmare Premier League title defence this season.
The Reds are facing an uphill battle to even secure a place in the top four in 2020/21 after suffering six straight defeats at Anfield, a disastrous run which has left them languishing down in eighth place.
Despite their crisis in the league, however, Jurgen Klopp’s men put that to one side on Wednesday night to claim another 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League last-16.
They brushed the German outfit aside by four goals to nil on aggregate, booking their place in the quarter-finals of the competition next month.
And Salah is hoping Liverpool can build momentum from that victory to resurrect their stuttering Premier League form, something he believes will be possible if they ignore pressure from the outside.
He said: “Yeah I think it's hard. We had a few players with injuries. We were unlucky but the most important thing is we need to keep fighting. I know it's really hard and everyone can see that but as much as everybody keeps giving 100%.
“We focus on next game. If we focus on the big picture we get pressure. We see too much pressure it carries onto the pitch. Hopefully we just need to leave the pressure outside the field and just play football.
“It's a big result for us. The team is not in the best shape but we want to fight in the Champions League and Premier League and see what happens.
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“We won the game that's the most important thing and hopefully we can continue with that in the Premier League as well.”
Salah added: “It’s been tough in the Premier League. We don't want it to be tough. It's part of the game we were winning, flying.
“This year we have injuries, we were unlucky. We tried to fix that but sometimes we don't have a full squad. Not 18 players.
“You have young players they are playing good but you struggled to put someone at centre-back.
“But hopefully now two centre-back or three or four we will be better.”
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