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After last season we didn't make steps forward - Klopp

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dismissed the idea of a 'catastrophic' dip in form at Anfield as he seeks to revive a faltering title defence.

Unsurprisingly, Klopp defended his famed front three - under greater scrutiny after failing to score in their past three league fixtures - and suggested calmness and resilience will improve his club's current position.

"It is not a catastrophe. It is not perfect. But that is not important," said Klopp. "It's the situation we are in. Things change overnight. I think I heard somewhere I have to rebuild this team. The world is a crazy place. No one has time any more.

"I am long enough (in the game) to know you never really get time. You only get time if you always make steps forward. After last season it is clear we didn't make steps forward and we want to change that."

Klopp should be able to recall fit-again Joel Matip tonight, which will restore balance to his line-up, especially in midfield, where the energy of captain Jordan Henderson has been missed in the past two league games. He has played centre-back in Matip's absence.

The German coach said recent results can be attributed to "small details", adding: "We all know it is all about results, but sometimes you can see little steps in the right direction or not," said Klopp.

"Sometimes we have to be really - not stubborn - resilient maybe. We are on it, believe me. We take it seriously, and I can promise we want to be successful."

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