Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool FC can still challenge for the title, we’re good enough

The Liverpool FC manager wants his players to work on being more consistent to launch a title challenge

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool are still capable of challenging for the Premier League title but admits his players must improve their consistency.

The Merseyside outfit ended a three-game winless run on Saturday afternoon after a resounding 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at Anfield.

England international Daniel Sturridge broke the deadlock in the second half after Mohamed Salah missed a first-half penalty on Merseyside.

The Reds extended their lead courtesy of Roberto Firmino’s close-range finish before Georginio Wijnaldum netted a stylish third goal for Liverpool.

Klopp’s side are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 12 points adrift of current leaders Manchester City after 10 games.

The Liverpool manager isn’t ruling out a belated title challenge despite winning just four of their opening 10 games in the Premier League.

“The problem is that here the moment things don’t work out, we get compared with the past,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.

“What you said before the season is immediately the truth: we need to fix the defence etc. Yeah, but it’s the middle of the season! We can only fix it on the training pitch.

“How could I talk about it? The only thing the people around do is weaken the players by saying, ‘You are not good enough.’ It’s a little bit of a problem.

“We all have problems. That’s how it is – apart from Manchester City obviously at the moment. At the moment they are the best team in the league.

“Do I still think it’s possible [to be top]? Yes, 100%. But I know too it takes time. That’s it. The boys are good enough.”

Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season to secure a return to the Champions League after a two-season absence.

The Reds signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke, Hull City defender Andy Robertson and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Merseyside outfit have never won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

Liverpool appointed Klopp as Brendan Rodgers’ successor in October 2015.

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