Defiant Klopp reiterates Liverpool is a ‘long-term project’

Date published: Friday 10th February 2017 1:26

Jurgen Klopp fended off talk of being under pressure on Friday and reiterated his belief that his Liverpool job was “a long-term project”. 

Klopp has come under fire after a dreadful run of form since the turn of the year which has heralded just one win – against Plymouth in the FA Cup.

The Reds have picked up just three Premier League points from 15 in 2017 and they have fallen 13 points behind Chelsea in fifth spot, but Klopp has refused to panic.

“We are still convinced that this is a long-term project,” says Klopp. “The players learn but it’s my job to bring them into the right situation.”

“I don’t question everything [after a defeat]. Everything is easier when you win a game but the jobs is still the same to do [no matter the result].

“My job is never easy but it’s always easy to enjoy,” added Klopp. “It’s football, every situation is a challenge. If you are in a good place you have to stay there, if you are not you have to solve problems immediately.

“You always have to win the next game. The next game is Tottenham.”

The German, who endured a similar run at Borussia Dortmund in his final season, has admitted his team “lost the flow”.

Klopp said: “At one point we lost the flow. This player been out, this player has lost rhythm, this player is ill.

“I’m much more interested in what can be rather than what has happened. After these 14 games, then we’ll look back.”

Liverpool face top-four rivals Tottenham at Anfield on Saturday evening and Klopp says their record against the better teams should be better.

“Our record should be better,” says Klopp, whose men have taken 13 points from a possible 21 against top six teams.

“We know we can do a lot of good things still but we have to show it on the pitch.

“Against a team like Tottenham, we need everything. If we play like we did in first half against Hull – no chance. If we play like we did in that second half then [we have a] better chance, but we want better.

“I don’t think too much about other teams. Things like this [their good run] happen.

“In our situation, the job is not to look for excuses.

“We don’t look for excuses, we look for solutions. Just because you aren’t flying, it doesn’t mean you can’t win next game.”

 

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