Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool need to find more consistency if they’re to challenge for the top four – and admits the windy conditions in England have caught him by surprise.
Klopp, in a press conference to preview Tuesday’s match against table-toppers Leicester, expects the Foxes to provide his side with another thorough examination.
“People talk about (Riyad) Mahrez and (Jamie) Vardy but whole team concentrated and focused. What they are going is great,” Klopp said.
“I would like to say we are finished (struggling defensively) and now we are perfect.
“But, you call it horrible defending but it wasn’t. All the goals come from set plays. You defend the first ball better and you get the second ball. We spoke about it, we thought about changing formation.
“We couldn’t do it against Stoke and we didn’t do it against West Ham because it was a different team.
“But what we said is, first of all, our behaviour, attitude and desire in the situations we have to change. It is clear we can defend them better, so now hopefully we don’t have to talk about it any more.
“The top four should always be a target so it will be a target, but only our performances will influence this situation.”
Klopp, whose side are about to play their 10th match of 2016, looked weary after seeing his side held to a replay by West Ham, but the German insisted: “I’m not here to complain about schedule. Everything is okay. Only problem we had was injuries and lots of games – that didn’t fit.
“We have a bit more consistency even with a lot of changes. We need that on the pitch all the time to fight for the right results.”
Klopp was then asked if the English game continues to surprise him, to which he added: “The wind surprised me in England. It’s often windy here. It’s a character school. You have to take circumstances and do the best you can.”