Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara insists the players are in a ‘mission on a mission’ mood as they enter a hugely important month of April.
Saturday’s early kick-off at home to Watford, when they could top the Premier League for the first time since September, is a prelude to a Champions League quarter-final with Benfica before face Manchester City twice in two competitions in space. of a week.
Matches against Manchester United, Everton and Newcastle complete eight games in 29 days, although there is also potential for a European first-leg semi-final before the end of the month, and the Spain international likened the series of fixtures to a World Cup in terms of the importance of fixtures.
“The other day I was talking about it with some friends and I have never had, in the years that I have been involved in football, such an exciting month like this with such important and exciting games. every three days,” he told liverpoolfc.com. .
“For sure it’s exciting because you’re playing against the best, in the best competitions too, but also because it reminds you that we’re in the final.
“It feels like a World Cup, a European Cup, where every game is a final. With that, we’re in a unique mission vibe and we’re in it.
The highlights are the trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday April 10, with an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley the following Saturday.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s side can’t afford to focus on these seven days if they want to stay on course for an unprecedented treble.
“I think we are ready for all the challenges ahead of us and we are only focused on the next game we have,” added Thiago.
“We will always be like this, so we just have Watford in our head now and that’s it.
“I think the Carabao Cup (victory in February) gave us a lot more confidence than before.
“We had high stakes to win the final, we won it and the guys were incredibly happy and confident.
“But it’s also important to come to this point in the season and be ready for the finals that we have.”
It starts on Saturday at home to struggling Watford when Liverpool could overtake City and build a two-point lead just before Pep Guardiola’s side head to Burnley.
Thiago doesn’t believe, especially with less than an hour between the end of their match and City’s kick-off, that they can deliver a psychological blow.
“I don’t think seeing us at the top before City play would be a boost,” he added.
“No, it’s just that we’re in a moment where every three points count and we’re really happy to get to this position.”
Influential right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will not be fit for the weekend, having only started light running and outdoor work and not joining full training following a hamstring injury. legs suffered a few weeks ago, but he is aiming for the trip to City the following weekend.
Liverpool have also announced that their first pre-season will be against Manchester United in Bangkok on July 12.