Loftus-Cheek holds on to the positives after Anfield loss

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Sadio Mane of Liverpool (10) scores his team's first goal past Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on April 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has decided to focus on the positives after admitting Chelsea could not match the quality of Liverpool’s attacking play at Anfield.

The England international started his third consecutive league game for the Blues after helping Sarri’s men secure two consecutive wins on the spin over Brighton and West Ham.

But after ending up on the losing side as Liverpool returned to the top of the table, the midfielder disclosed there were a few positives in the loss.

“We can go away not too disappointed,” Loftus-Cheek assessed via the club’s website.

“We had some good spells in the game and played some good football at times. They scored two very good goals and we didn’t take our chances. That’s the way football ends up at times.

“We knew they were going to come out fast. It was a really difficult game to play in defensively with their creative players.

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“We did well in patches. We worked hard, and if Eden tucks one away it’s a different game. We were a bit unlucky in terms of the quality of their second goal, but we could have been better as a team defensively in some parts of the game.”

The 23-year-old urged his teammates to return to winning ways in their next games against Slavia Prague and Burnley at home.

He equally claimed the top-four race will go down to the wire with further twists and turns to be expected.

“When you lose you have to move on quickly because there are games coming thick and fast. That’s a trait as a footballer you have to be good at. You have to put stuff behind you and move on, and that’s what we have to do after this performance.

“It’s not a good result for us but all we can do is put it behind us and learn from it. We keep going and going, and try and get points on the board. We can’t give up hope.”