Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes his side are good enough to be at the top, but says they need to become more consistent in order to do so.
The German manager has been under a bit of criticism during his time managing Liverpool, with him failing to replicate the success he produced at Borussia Dortmund. But Klopp himself believes that the criticism of him and his side is unfair, and insists Liverpool are good enough to top the Premier League table.
The Reds secured their first win in the Premier League since September, moving into 6th position but finding themselves 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Klopp has hailed his team so far this season, and says they need to find consistency in order to get involved in the title race.
“The problem is that here the moment things don’t work out, we get compared with the past,” Klopp said.
“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 per cent. But I know too it takes time. That’s it. The boys are good enough.”
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“Top of the table was a wonderful moment, we played wonderful football – and we’ve played sometimes wonderful football this season too. But we need to be lucky too.
“We haven’t had too much luck so far, that’s the truth. But you cannot ask for luck. You cannot say, ‘Where’s the luck?’ You have to work until the luck happens.
“Yes, we were ahead of schedule [going top] – that is clear. But everything could have happened from this point: no injuries, bah, bah, bah.
“We are able to perform on the highest level. But now we have to find consistency.”
[Quotes via Sky Sports]