Klopp demands consistency from hit-and-miss Reds
Published 30/12/2015 | 02:30
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is in no doubt his players have plenty of talent and character but has expressed his eagerness for them to develop some consistency, ahead of tonight's trip to Sunderland
The Reds' 1-0 home win on St Stephen's Day against Leicester was their first in four Premier League games, and directly followed a 3-0 loss at Watford.
Since Klopp took over in October, Liverpool's record in the league shows four victories - including impressive triumphs at Chelsea and Manchester City - plus three draws and three defeats.
"There's no doubt about the individual quality of the players, there's no doubt about the character," said Klopp
"What we have to create is a stable level of performance, that's what we have to work on.
"Now the next station is Sunderland and we have to go there and be concentrated from the first second, like we were against Leicester.
"(It was) a really good start in that game - I was happy about this - and now we have to do it again. That's the thing. If we do this, then we can get results in a row. But it's no presents, we have to work for it."
Klopp, whose side are 10th in the table, has emphasised the importance of securing three points against Sunderland rather than trying to "show how football should be".
"We'll go there and want to win - that's what we have to show.
"There's no reason to doubt the mentality of the team (or worry) that they'll maybe think 'it's only Sunderland' or anything like that. How I know them, nobody in the team is like this," said Klopp
"We want to improve our situation, we want to develop, and we want to get more points in this very, very important moment in the league, the end of December, January. There are so many points in the end of December and January.
"It's unbelievable and you should take every one you can."
Liverpool are likely to be without striker Divock Origi after he picked up a hamstring injury against Leicester.
Jordon Ibe has returned to training after illness and a late decision will be taken on his involvement, but fellow midfielder James Milner is still out with a calf injury.
Sunderland, meanwhile, look to have won the race to sign the Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, fighting off competition from North-east rivals Newcastle.
Sam Allardyce is desperate to add new faces to a team that has won just three Premier League games this season.
Townsend, whose contract at Spurs is not due to end until 2018, will significantly increase his current £40,000-a-week salary by moving to the Stadium of Light.
Allardyce will make a late decision on the inclusion of John O'Shea for tonight's game after he damaged a calf muscle in Saturday's loss at Manchester City.