Jurgen Klopp has already seen an improvement in Liverpool’s performances since taking over but has warned it will take time to make the “next step”.
Klopp is still looking for his first win as Liverpool manager after Sadio Mane cancelled out Christian Benteke’s opener to earn Southampton a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
Klopp said afterwards that the players’ mentality was holding them back, saying they were “not calm enough” at crucial times and let their heads drop too easily after conceding the equaliser.
However, the German is certain his new side are making progress.
“There were many good moments in the game,” he said.
“We can talk about why we didn’t make the next step but we all know it takes time and I see development.
“But the other teams don’t wait for us. They want to beat us and I am sure you don’t think it was an easy game for us.
“We have to understand that it is football, all of us. We don’t get help from outside because we have to deliver results all the time.
“We haven’t lost until now against not the worst teams in the league and that is okay, but it is not enough.
“We have to accept this and work. I saw many things tonight I can work with.
“I saw things that were better, some that were not so good; some of these things were because we played on Thursday but it is like it is.”
Klopp celebrated Benteke’s goal like it was the winner and admits he may finds it difficult to keep his emotions in check, even when experience tells him he should.
“It was an absolutely fantastic goal,” he said.
“I learned in my life you should celebrate a party when you have one as you don’t know when the next one is.
“It was a moment. Now I know – don’t celebrate too early. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long (for the next one).”
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