Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will keep fighting for a place in the Premier League’s top four – but need to shrug off their inconsistency if they’re to reach their target.
The 3-0 midweek victory over Manchester City allowed the Reds to close the gap on their rivals in fourth to six points, and the German boss is hopeful they can build on the performance over the rest of the season.
Speaking at a press conference to preview the trip to Selhurst Park, Klopp said: “Six points is not the world. We have to show it [that we want it]. Consistency has not been our hobby until now. We need to improve that.
“Our starting position isn’t a masterclass but we are still in a good enough position to achieve something.”
Klopp admits that a trip to Palace will be far from easy despite their hosts’ run of 11 games without a Premier League win.
“Now it’s Crystal Palace. We lost to them at home. We need to take points back. This is most important part of the season,” he continued.
“The biggest difference for Palace has been time without [Yannick] Bolasie. Having him back is important for them.
“He is a quality player. Togther with [Wilfried] Zaha. I would like to say they have no self-confidence, but that is not the truth.
“It’s not the easy place to collect points.
“It will be hard work, but we have to show we will be ready.”
Klopp on Palace preparations
On the midweek performance against City, Klopp added: “I was never in doubt we could do things like this. We have to perform all the time. We have to learn to do this.
“We understand a little more about what I want from the players and what they want from me.
“We have to use this new quality in two very important tournaments.
“We show them what we’ve done well, what we’ve done badly. Two tournaments left and we must be fully concentrated.”
Klopp was then asked about his preparations for the Palace match and admitted the last thing he expected to see was snow!
“We have to prepare ourselves for special questions at Crystal Palace. We made a few changes, and I think that was a right decision against Manchester City.
“Today it’s winter. The only weather we didn’t have when I was in Liverpool is snow. In March! I can’t believe it!
“Honestly, though, I have some hard selection decisions to make. We haven’t had this before. We have to use this new quality to change and rest.”