Diogo Jota, who scored twice to lead Liverpool to a 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest, believes the Reds’ resilience in the face of adversity shows they are regaining confidence.
Jota’s brace and goals from Neco Williams and Morgan Gibbs-White put Liverpool to the test, but Mohamed Salah’s close-range goal gave the Reds the victory in a back-and-forth game at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s team has endured a five-game losing streak, so competing for a top-four Premier League finish appears to be a difficult task, but they have already secured back-to-back triumphs.
Prior to their victories over Leeds United and Forest, Liverpool had rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie with league-leading Arsenal, and Jota expects to capitalise on their recent upward trend.
“Twice [we had to respond]. I think that is important, that shows that the team is believing more in ourselves each time, and that’s really important to take for the future,” he told the club’s website.
“It gives confidence to the team. We believe in what we are doing and against Arsenal the win was there for us, but unfortunately in the end we could not take it.
“But it’s two in a row already and this is the only way we can fight to be in the highest possible position in the table.”
Jota has scored four goals in his past two Premier League games after failing to score in his previous 20 appearances in the division. He also scored twice in a 6-1 thumping of Leeds on Monday.
Reflecting on the end of his goal drought, Jota said: “I said before the first goal, it’s always hard when it doesn’t arrive so easily, but then everything seems to flow.”