Saturday 18 November 2017

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dreams of finishing season with 14 wins from 14 games

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains optimistic his side can turn around their January blip.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains optimistic his side can turn around their January blip.

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is dreaming of winning the last 14 games of the season and leading an Anfield revival.

Klopp’s side has won just one of their last ten games in all competitions – dropping out of the title race and are now in a fight to finish in the top four. They face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

“In my dreams we can win 14 games,” said Klopp.

“I know how it sounds but I cannot change my dreams and that is what I am working for and 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.”

Klopp says he has not yet decided who will be in goal tomorrow, as Simon Mignolet’s position is again under threat.

He said Liverpool’s recent loss of form was due to several factors, primarily the loss of key players who are still trying to rediscover their form.

“In this moment you have this player out, this player is coming back with no rhythm, this player is injured and coming back after how many days and then another two players are ill or injured - that is how it is,” Klopp said.

“In a good moment it is not a problem but it is rare one player is out and the other player who comes in is then in a world-class situation because of playing not for a long time. That is all clear.”

The contrast between Liverpool’s early season form and current run is extreme.

Klopp said: “In this moment I understand 100 per cent and respect you have all these questions but I am nearly nil-point-nil interested in what was.

“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.”

The Liverpool manager did admit he was furious with the defeat at Hull last weekend.

“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,” said Klopp.

“First half we should not play like this. We flew there, night in a hotel, everything is perfect and then we play this kind of football.

“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.

“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.”

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