Thursday 14 December 2017

Jurgen Klopp dreams of seeing Liverpool win all of remaining matches

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp still has lofty ambitions for the remainder of the season
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp still has lofty ambitions for the remainder of the season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dreams of winning their 14 remaining league matches despite a current run of form which has failed to see them register a victory in 2017.

The Reds boss is enduring his worst spell of results since taking over in October 2015 - and their worst start to a calendar year in the league since 1954 when they were relegated - and admits he was angered by the first-half performance in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Hull.

But having made his feelings clear to his players after that reverse at the KCOM Stadium, Klopp is keen to put the past behind him, starting with the visit of second-placed Tottenham.

"In this moment I am nearly nil-point-nil interested in what was," he said.

"I am more interested in what will be and what we can do, and what results we can get and performances we can show and where and when we can deliver.

"In my dreams we can win 14 games. I know how it sounds but I cannot change my dreams and that is what I am working for.

"After these 14 games it is another moment when we watch back and we use all these experiences and all the things we learned about each other, and then we will make decisions that will help us in the next season."

Nevertheless the defeat at Hull appears to have been something of a wake-up call for Klopp in terms of what he expects from the players and what they are delivering.

In all the build-up, the German saw no indication his side were heading for such an insipid opening 45 minutes - and that was a concern for him.

"I was not happy about the first half, you can imagine. I remember even in the second half I was angry about the first half," he added.

"First half we should not play like this. There was no sign in the week this would happen.

"We had a more than a good game against Chelsea (drawing 1-1). We flew there, (had a) night in a hotel, everything is perfect and then we play this kind of football.

"It was not a physical issue because the second half there was nothing.

"It is my responsibility but it doesn't mean I can't be angry. You watch the game again and it was clear what was wrong.

"We have no time to watch back and say 'Maybe this was the reason' - we spoke about everything.

"It is really important we spoke about the important things for the players and that is what we did immediately."

Having taken just three points from five matches Liverpool have slipped from second placed to fifth in the space of a month, dropping out of the top four for the first time since September.

It has led Klopp to spending more time problem-solving than coaching but he accepts that comes with the territory.

"Most of the time I do what I have to do, not what I want to do," he said.

"If I did always what I wanted to do I love watching them in shooting sessions.

"That doesn't help a lot but it is fantastic, but we cannot do this all the time - even when people say we don't score.

"The reason why we did it wrong is not always clear but sometimes it is not always important, you only have to fix it immediately.

"To fix it is the most interesting part of my job actually."

What is less interesting for Klopp is the on-going debate about his goalkeepers, with Simon Mignolet's error for Hull's first goal leading to speculation Loris Karius, the £10million summer signing who lasted just 10 unconvincing matches as number one before being taken out of the spotlight, could be set for a return against Spurs.

"Who said I decided this? I have decided nothing in this case," said Klopp.

"We have not had 100 fantastic games in a row and that involves different players, myself and everything.

"But it is not that we make a decision like this at this moment.

"There is nothing to say about it but it is not right someone could have this information.

"Whoever gave you the information please delete him from your list."

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