Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s defeat at Southampton on Sunday was an example of just how much work there needs to be done in the summer.
Liverpool raced into a two-goal lead with goals from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge in a devastating five-minute period, but Southampton fought back in the second half and scored twice in the last seven minutes to triumph 3-2 at St Mary’s.
Klopp, whose men are on a training camp in Tenerife, believes this game was a prime example of the “potential” at Liverpool, but also just how inconsistent his side can be.
“There is still so much to play for,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo from Tenerife. “April will be busy but we are used to playing this many games.
“We will have to make some hard decisions over the line up.
“Before Southampton, we had [Roberto] Firmino out and Hendo [Jordan Henderson] ill – that can be a problem.
“We have a big squad so it’s good for us to have this many games in April. Everyone will be important. We have to really fight through this time.
“There are no easy games. But if we are all together then you have seen how we can play.
“The first half at Southampton was a good example. We showed our potential. We showed everything – how strong we can be. But in the second half with less power we were not the same team.
“We have to work for this. We know the way. Now we cannot really develop things. We just have to take what we can get.
“There are a lot of games coming up but they are good games and we’re looking forward to them.”
The trip to the Canary Islands is allowing a number of players to work their way back to fitness with left-back Alberto Moreno recovered from the calf injury which ruled him out of the last two matches.
“It’s really big for us. We let him come in this morning, training light – no real challenges, he could pass a few balls,” Klopp told the club’s website.
“But it was really good and he felt absolutely nothing, so from tomorrow he is completely back in the race, which is very important for us.
“Roberto Firmino (who pulled out of the Brazil squad with a hamstring problem) is in a good way and Lucas (Leiva) is in a good way here.
“Joe Gomez and Danny Ings can work really hard and use the time here.”