Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has insisted that his side will not think about winning the Premier League title until the deed is done, and that they remain determined to maintain their game-by-game mentality.
A 2-0 victory over rivals Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the table to 16 points with a match in hand, and they require just 10 more victories – having already registered a remarkable 21 from 22 fixtures – to guarantee bringing home a first championship in 30 years.
While most observers are saying there is no way they can be caught now, that is not the attitude in the Liverpool dressing room.
“Until the champions sign is above our heads we don’t believe anything. Yes, the lead is 16 points, but we know how tough it gets,” Robertson said.
“We’ve beaten United and in three days’ time we go away to Wolves, who are flying, and it’s an incredibly tough game.”
Fans at Anfield on Sunday were confident enough to sing “We’re going to win the league,” but Robertson said he and his team-mates – as well as manager Jurgen Klopp – would not be drawn into the jubilant atmosphere yet.
“You are playing against your rivals, who you’ve had great battles with over the years, and the fans probably want to rub it in a bit, but we’re not getting carried away.
“We know how hard this league is and how the table can change in a couple of weeks, so it’s up to us to stay 100 per cent focused and not allow that to happen.
“We will let other people say that [Liverpool will not be caught], but I don’t think anyone in that dressing room is believing that just yet, and I think you can see that with every performance we are putting in.
“We can believe once the final whistle of that [final] game goes.”
Jurgen Klopp’s side have proved they are a level above everyone else this season, having not lost a league match since 3 January last year.
That is a run of 39 matches and talk is growing about a potential ‘Invicibles’ campaign in the offing. It is another landmark which does not concern the players at the moment, though.
“We don’t think about that,” Robertson said. “We’ve said it many a time: We work game-to-game and it’s worked well for us, so why would we change that now?
“Looking too far is pointless. The last 39 games have been incredible, but for us it is unfortunate it has not been in one season, it has been across two.
“We keep going, we are on a good run just now, we are confident. Seven clean sheets on the bounce is massive and long may that continue.”