Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are ready to go back to basics to rediscover their title-winning form.
And the Reds boss has revealed how a frank post-match team meeting after the loss at Southampton gave the whole squad the chance to have their say on the recent malaise.
Liverpool have stuttered of late, taking just two points from the last nine on offer in the Premier League ahead of Sunday's showdown with Manchester United at Anfield.
That disappointing run of results against West Brom, Newcastle and Southampton has allowed United the opportunity to creep into top spot ahead of this weekend's game.
Their 1-0 win at Burnley on Tuesday sees them heading to Anfield as league leaders and it's the first time United have topped the table in January since 2013.
A crippling injury crisis - one that sees Liverpool heading into Sunday's game without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita and Diogo Jota - has undoubtedly hurt, but Klopp says a team meeting after the defeat at St Mary's earlier this month was a positive one.
Klopp said: "If only it was that easy to say 'come on now and show who you are'.
"These boys didn't go for an excuse for one second since I've been here. Not for one second. That doesn't mean things cannot go wrong.
"Obviously they haven't gone outstandingly well since mid-November.
"Thank God when I say about the good things, I don't think about the past or too much about [the negative] as well, so who cares.
"Yes, we are not exactly where we want to be, but we have learned a lot this season in dealing with these kinds of situations and circumstances.
"And it was not for one second because of the attitude of the boys why it hasn't worked out.
"So that is good but also a problem as well because we haven't always won, but it doesn't work out all the time.
"What we have to accept is that after a long time when things were clicking in specific games, it hasn't clicked for a few games, that is the truth.
"We haven't scored a lot of goals or whatever in draws, we went a long period without scoring goals and still we have scored the most goals in the league, which is absolutely crazy.
"So it is not that it has disappeared it is just exactly how it should be. Why should one team click all the team and the other team not?
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"We just work on the basics, step a little to the side, go back to the basics and get strong. As strong as we can be again. That is what we did and that is what we do and I think that can work."
Klopp added: "We lost against Southampton earlier this month which was absolutely not what we wanted. But, the next day we spoke in the meeting and the boys had their say as well.
"We are in a place we want to be and we know what we have to do, what went wrong and what we have to change. Now we have to put that on the pitch. That is the situation.
"I am really looking forward to this game to be honest. I know Ole said it is the best moment to play against Liverpool. Let's see."