Jurgen Klopp has scoffed at Liverpool being this week named the Premier League’s unluckiest team.
The ESPN Luck Index report claimed Liverpool were last season’s unluckiest team and claimed the Reds had been denied 12 points after 157 contentious incidents were analysed.
And at today’s Melwood press conference the Reds boss referred to the report and admitted he was confused by how ESPN had drawn their conclusions.
Firstly Klopp, who admitted there will more more departures this month, was asked how he could close the 25-point gap last season’s champions Man City and he answered, laughing: “We need more luck to close in on them.”
He was then later asked directly about the study, which would have seen the Reds climb into second and above Man Utd had Liverpool’s luck been in.
“I was surprised by the numbers and 12 points,” said Klopp. “It did feel like that in a couple of moments but after we didn’t care.
“Nobody gives you anything back in life.
“I don’t understand how it was done. It looked complicated. What I have learned is that you deserve luck. Working out luck is difficult.”
On a more serious note Klopp was asked how his 2018/19 squad could close the gap on a Man City side, who have added Riyad Mahrez to their ranks and managed to keep all of their big-name players.
“We need to be more consistent, more clinical, aggresive. We can improve a lot of things,” said Klopp.
“It is nothing to do with City, we just have to take three points against them in those games.
“We need to see how the rest of the top six, Wolves and Fulham act.
“It is not just difficult for us. We need to be in the championship mode now until we don’t have air or oxygen.
“People think that if we are active in the window then we have to be champions of England – how can we say that.
“City haven’t lost any players and added Mahrez, they aren’t weaker. They have top quality. We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago.”