Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits their season hasn’t been up to standard.
The Reds go into today’s clash with Southampton 15 points off the top of the table and seven away from the Champions League places.
A win could see Jurgen Klopp’s side bridge that gap and move as high as sixth – if results go their way.
Writing in his programme notes, Henderson said: “I know the domestic campaign is interrupted by the World Cup after this weekend’s fixtures and some of us will have a big job on with our countries, but when the season does resume late next month, we have to be ready to pick up where we left off.
“The best way we can put ourselves in a good position to do that would definitely be by getting another positive result today.
“This has been a testing period for us, there is no question about that. Individually and collectively, I think we can all look back on it with a sense that we could and should have done better.
“Yes, there have been challenges that have been out of our control, but a big part of being a player for this club is coping with these kinds of issues and finding a way – just as we have done over the last couple of weeks.
“In their own different ways, our matches against Napoli, Tottenham and Derby County were all difficult games, but we came through all of them, and this says a lot about how we have addressed the situation we were in beforehand.
“All three of these were tricky fixtures, particularly on the back of a run of form that definitely wasn’t our best, so I’m really pleased that we came through each of them, particularly with so many different players having been involved.”