Jurgen Klopp: Why I am positive about Liverpool progress

The Liverpool manager delivers his verdict on the Merseyside club's recent form

Jurgen Klopp insists he is staying positive about Liverpool’s progress under his management despite a disappointing start to 2017.

The Liverpool manager has overseen a tough couple of weeks in what has largely been a positive start to his reign since taking over from Brendan Rodgers back in October 2015.

Klopp’s side have recorded one win in seven outings in the 2017 campaign so far after a 1-0 win against League Two side Plymouth Argyle in their FA Cup third-round replay earlier this month.

Liverpool made a surprise exit in the League Cup on Wednesday night after a 1-0 loss to Southampton at Anfield following Shane Long’s winner in the second leg of their last-four clash.

Speaking to the media after Liverpool’s difficult run of results in all competitions this year so far, Klopp insisted he was remaining upbeat.

“What we have to do is stay concentrated and for me, it’s no problem to stay positive and to stay optimistic because I always see the progress,” Klopp said.

“I speak about the mistakes too, even in public, and then you have another story to write, but I am really fine with the situation.

“I don’t like the results, but I see that we are really still fighting for each point, for each little victory, for each big success. That’s what we’re doing and the job we have to do.”

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Liverpool are in fourth place in the Premier League table and 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea with 16 games to play.

The Reds will host Antonio Conte’s side at Anfield next Tuesday.

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