Steven Gerrard believes now is not the time for negativity, maintaining Liverpool can put their poor start to the current campaign behind them by winning their next two Barclays Premier League matches.
The midweek Carling Cup exit to League Two Northampton, albeit with an understrength team, has contributed to the despondency which appears to be enveloping the club from the outside.
Liverpool are currently 16th in the table having beaten only West Brom in their opening five matches, yet Gerrard said: “I’m not one for being negative – I always look at the bigger picture.
“We’ve got two winnable games at home (against Sunderland and Blackpool) and if we can take six points from them I’m sure the league will look a lot brighter.”
Meanwhile former Reds left-back Alan Kennedy believes an assessment of the team’s progress under new manager Roy Hodgson should not take place until Christmas.
Kennedy, who played more than 200 times for the Anfield club between 1978 and 1985, told BBC Radio Five Live: “Liverpool have given away some crazy goals and questions can be asked about certain players.
“But they have got to get on with it now. They’ve got to take each game as it comes and then it will be a case of judging about Christmas time or maybe later to see if they are going to finish in the top four or five, or out of it.
“People should get off Roy Hodgson’s back. Hopefully they can get some results together and start picking up some points.”