Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken out about his club’s chances of catching up with league leaders Manchester City, and hopes to build on their 7-0 thrashing of Maribor in midweek by beating Spurs when they meet on Sunday.
Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool began with a goalless draw against Spurs, and progress has definitely been made since despite there being a lot of criticism this season for various poor performances.
The Reds currently sit 12 points off league leaders City, and many are questioning if Klopp’s men can even qualify for the Champions League next season with how strict the competition is.
But Klopp insists that his team are still improving, and says that performance-wise Liverpool can have their ‘best season’ this year.
“If you ask, ‘Is the race already done?’ City are so strong, flying along at the top of the table. Maybe this race is decided already. I haven’t a clue.”
“But there is still a lot to get in this league and to play for, especially for us. We have improved as well since last year, that is how it is.”
“Perhaps not too much in the results, but in creating moments, chances. A lot of better things than last year, but so far we have not taken the results.”
“If we stay convinced about our way and bring in consistency from what we’ve had performance-wise so far, then we can have our best season. That is the next step. We can build on this base.”
“I don’t feel the pressure.” Klopp said ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Spurs. “I know about the situation and how things can happen if we win, lose or draw.”
“But the pressure doesn’t help at this moment, so we don’t have more pressure.”
“We always have pressure, but it is about going to Tottenham and getting a result.”
“We always play good football there, especially in the last game when Tottenham were lucky.”
“In that game we were the better side. That was pretty rare in their old stadium. It didn’t happen a lot to Tottenham in the last few years.”
[Quotes via Liverpool Echo]