Jurgen Klopp delivers mid-term report on Liverpool’s performances in title race
The Liverpool manager is satisfied with the Merseyside outfit's start to the 2016-17 Premier League season
Jurgen Klopp insists he is pleased with Liverpool’s first half of the Premier League season as the manager switches his attention to the FA Cup this weekend.
The Merseyside outfit will host Plymouth in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon as Klopp looks to give some of his fringe players a chance at Anfield.
Liverpool played out a disappointing 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday afternoon after the 18-time English champions twice squandered a lead.
However, Tottenham’s 2-0 win against Chelsea on Wednesday night means that Liverpool are five points adrift of the Premier League leaders after 20 games.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of Liverpool’s home clash against Plymouth on Sunday afternoon, Klopp gave his honest verdict on his side’s campaign so far.
“I know what would be the maximum success, of course, but I’m not sure we can do it. But we work to make it a little bit more likely,’ Klopp said.
“Before the season, [journalists] asked a lot of questions about the squad and we were convinced about the quality. We had a lot of problems with injuries and stuff like this but we coped with it and that was all absolutely OK. That’s what we have to do again.
“We know more about us – at the start of the season we thought it could work but now we know it can work. But still a long way to go, a lot of games to play, a lot of problems to solve.”
Klopp added: “Usually, I would say this part of the year is the moment to reflect a little bit and think about what happened but we had 24 hours to do it and didn’t do it because we had the next game.
“After the Sunderland game, that was our break of the year and that’s what I told the boys. So far, so good, not perfect but all in a good way so keep going.”
Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last season, which prompted Klopp to sign seven players in the summer transfer window in an attempt to overhaul his squad.