Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that his team could easily go another season without the Premier League title if Manchester United and Chelsea continue as they are.
The Reds stormed their way to their first top-flight crown in 30 years last season, racking up 99 points. However, they have dropped off significantly this season, with a host of factors at play. Indeed, key injuries and the lack of crowds at Anfield have not helped, as Liverpool now struggle in a top-four battle.
Last season, Klopp’s men proved to be the Premier League’s standout team and worthy champions to boot.
This term, however, Manchester City have got back to their best and are close to reclaiming their crown.
Furthermore, United and Chelsea – since Thomas Tuchel arrived – have impressed, with the Red Devils set to finish second.
As such, Klopp admits that winning the title will continually become harder.
He told reporters: “It always becomes harder because City never stops. That is clear. They did not stop and they will not stop.
“United is coming up definitely everyone can see that, Chelsea is obviously in a brilliant place, a top squad.
“Thomas inherited a present and you can see that they are really good so it will not get easier.
“We’re not just talking about City there will be other teams for sure. We have to deal with all the other teams who are outstandingly strong but still go under the radar like Leicester: brilliant manager and a top squad dealing with different situations.
“Nobody should write off Tottenham or Arsenal. Obviously West Ham is now flying. How can it be easier? It is not only City.”
Klopp preparing for Europa League football
Liverpool’s poor form sees them sit sixth in the table after 33 games, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
As such, Klopp admitted (via the Daily Mail) that “five wins won’t be enough” unless the Blues and others help them out.
He added on the prospect of finishing in a Europa League spot: “Since I am in England we have only played in the Europa League once and we went to the final, so it was good — apart from the final.
“On Thursday, I saw a Man United team enjoying the Europa League a lot. It was always like this.
“We will not think, “My God! We have to play that!” No, no, no. It is a great competition. I haven’t thought it through to the end because I know, even though it is not likely, that there is a little chance [for the Champions League] as well, so let’s give it a try and think about what happens next season.”
Liverpool face United at Old Trafford on Sunday, with victory crucial to keep their top-four hopes alive.