Steven Gerrard has admitted that Liverpool were not good enough against Manchester United last weekend, whilst insisting the Reds have no intention of slipping up when they face Arsenal on Sunday.
Gerrard led Liverpool in the 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford and believes that United's 'world-class' players took advantage of Liverpool's defensive errors.
Brendan Rodgers' side got back to winning ways during the week though, securing a dominant 3-1 victory over Championship table-toppers Bournemouth, thanks to a Raheem Sterling Brace and Lazar Markovic's first goal for the club.
The former England captain was impressed with the way his side played against the Cherries on Wednesday night, where they showed sparks of last season's form.
"The difference on Wednesday compared to Sunday was that at Old Trafford we made mistakes and got punished by world-class players," Gerrard said.
"Against Bournemouth we cut the mistakes out and the first half was a very pleasing performance, probably as close as we've come to last season's standards."
Sterling's double will have come as a relief to the Reds boss, after the 20-year-old had failed to find the net for 17 games beforehand.
PLAYERS MUST FIGHT FOR CLUB
Liverpool currently lie 11th in the league, which compared to when they topped the table at this point last season, is concerning for the club.
The departure of Luis Suarez and the injury to Daniel Sturridge, added to a number of unconvincing signings during the close season have put both the coach and squad under real pressure, however Gerrard is hopeful they can improve on the back of Wednesday's positive result.
"If we can get a big result against Arsenal and build on this, I think we can turn it around. I think this is where you find out what kind of players you've got in the dressing room," he added.
"It's time to roll your sleeves up and fight for the club and try to put things right as soon as possible - and that's what we're trying to do."
LIVERPOOL CAN GET A RESULT AGAINST ARSENAL
Liverpool face another difficult challenge this weekend, with Arsene Wenger's men coming into the match on the back of an impressive 4-1 victory over Newcastle last weekend.
However, if Liverpool play as they did against Bournemouth, they can take something from the game. The defence looked better than in recent weeks and although it was against a lower league side, the Reds looked creative for the first time in a while.
Another step up in quality is certainly required, as the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud certainly pose more of a threat than that of Callum Wilson - although Wilson has been very impressive this season.
Arsenal's skilful squad will cause a nervy defence problems, but if they can deal with the attack, an in-form Gerrard-Sterling combination could definitely break down what is an equally troubled Arsenal back-line.
We shall see, it should be a great game.News Now - Sport News