JOEL Matip believes Liverpool are in a good way despite their poor run of results in January.
Matip was absent for most of the last month, initially with injury but later as a result of the fall-out between the club and Cameroon over his availability.
But the centre-back believes the players are starting to get their confidence back and are already looking ahead to Saturday’s game away at Hull.
He said: “Of course the last week has not been easy but we have to keep going because we cannot change the past. We have to do everything we can do to change things in the future.
“Every player needs a positive experience or to get positive things in a game to be self-confident but I think this was a good step to get some of this self-confidence back and we are looking forward to playing against Hull. We are in a good way.
“At the weekend we will try to get three points and then take the next step towards the next game.”
Matip played the whole 90 minutes against Chelsea last night, conceding the penalty which was subsequently saved by Simon Mignolet.
And he insists that last night showed Liverpool aren’t far behind league leaders Chelsea in terms of quality, despite the gap in points.
“They are top of the table but from the outside you couldn’t say they were much better. They are 10 points better but you couldn’t see this.
“We have to take the positives, even if it is only one point, and at the weekend we will try to get three.
“I think the supporters saw our courage and that we tried everything and tried to take the game to them.
“It showed we can help each other and of course it is better to see a game like this than losing against the other teams.”
While last night’s draw seemed like the end of Liverpool’s title hopes, Matip says the team will keep on fighting and give the fans a reason to maintain a positive outlook.
“As long as this club keeps its nerve, the kind of power we can create, it’s outstanding.
“Let’s stay cool and have a little bit of fun when you think about Liverpool and look ahead.
“Nothing has been decided until now but we have a chance so go for it. Fifteen games, 45 points — go for it.
“There’s a lot to get for us and we will see where it ends.”
Matip has started just 13 of Liverpool’s 23 league games this season, but believes his injury problems and the confusion over his availability are in the past now.
“I am in a good way and if I continue I think I will be back soon to my levels.
“At first there was the injury and for every player that is not easy because you always want to play and after this there was the decision about whether I was available.
“It was confusing for me, for everyone that I know, but now I can help and now I try to improve.”