Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal lost away at Everton and Man City because they were too passive after going ahead.
The Gunners took the lead in both games, but ended up losing 2-1 on each occasion.
With a defeat to Chelsea last month, the record against big teams away from home has been brought into focus, and the Arsenal manager wants his team to believe they can achieve the results they need on the road.
“We lost at Everton and City after being 1-0 up and it was because we were not proactive after we went ahead – we were too passive,” he said.
“We didn’t look like we played with enough freedom or the belief that we would just turn up and do it.
“That is what we want to add to our game,” he continued.
“What is most important for me now is the attitude to just go for it – to go and take.
“What is linked many times with belief is a passive mode and not enough pro-activity. You have to make things happen. It is always a mindset.
“How do I bring it out in the players? By making them conscious of it.”
Wenger is aware of the significance of a win against Liverpool, and how it might bolster his side.
“I agree that it is even more important because we have not done well recently in these kind of games,” he said.
‘For us, this kind of game like Liverpool is of course an opportunity that we want to take.”
Arsenal look set to be without Mesut Ozil, and if there’s a more defensive approach tomorrow, it might suit the manager’s plans.
“If you want to park the bus, then you lose Özil,” he said. “He is a guy who needs possession. With possession, he is a marvellous player.”
Will Arsenal park the bus or go for it? We’ll find out from 5.30 tomorrow.