Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits there can be no excuses for their disastrous downturn in form since the turn of the year.
The Reds have won just two of 12 matches in 2017 and exited two cup competitions, having been in second place and six points behind leaders Chelsea on New Year's Eve.
But they are now fifth in the Premier League, with a 14-point gap to the leaders and a point short of the top-four, despite having played a game more than Arsenal and Manchester City.
Ahead of Liverpool's clash with the Gunners on Saturday, Mignolet said: "There will be a few things we could say.
"We could say we had a few injuries, we've had a lot of games, or Sadio (Mane) went to the African Nations Cup. But in the end that'd all be about excuses and we don't want to look for them.
"It's about looking forward. We know January wasn't really the best of months but we don't want to look back. We have an opportunity again against Arsenal and that's where we have to look forward.
"We showed at the Emirates at the beginning of the season that we can get a result, play really good football and create chances against Arsenal. That's what we have to look to do again.
"You can use [criticism] as some sort of energy to get yourselves back up again and push yourselves even further and harder, looking forward to the next opportunity. That's what we have to do."