Despite moving joint top of the Premier League over the weekend, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp is far from satisfied…
If ever a scoreline didn’t truly reflect the nature of an encounter it was Liverpool’s seemingly narrow 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
For the first 70 minutes the Merseysiders were in scintillating form; scything open the usually well-organised Baggies at will.
Their failure to find a third goal, coupled with a lax moment at the back nine minutes from time, somehow conspired to leave the hosts hanging on.
Despite the unnecessary nerves, the result was enough to move the Reds level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal – who both unexpectedly dropped points at home – at the top of the table.
With the league season now effectively a quarter of the way through, and Liverpool on a nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions, talk of a trophy-laden campaign at Anfield is beginning to increase.
Asked about such assertions ahead of Tuesday night’s EFL Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur, Kop boss Jürgen Klopp was firm and forthright in his views.
“I don’t care (what people are saying),” said the German at a pre-match press conference. “It’s normal in football that when you are in a good position people start talking a bit more positively.
“I recognise the mood – I feel it around LFC and it’s good.
“But unfortunately it’s still October and there is a long way to go. Hopefully you can ask these questions for the whole season. At the moment I have no answer for it. I’m not interested.”
On the subject of the quality of his team’s performances, which have yielded a joint divisional high 20 goals, Klopp was equally dismissive of the praise.
“We need to get better,” he remarked. “Nothing we have done so far has come close to 100%. Nobody in the dressing room feels that it’s not possible for us to play better…
“We can attack better, defend better, create better and have a better balance in the game. But that’s no problem. That’s the job. Otherwise we could have a holiday the whole week and just meet on Saturday or Sunday.”
That’s not an option this week however with the small matter of a fourth round League Cup fixture to fulfil on Tuesday.
Last season’s beaten finalists are set to make a number of changes for the visit of Spurs with Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Danny Ings, plus youngsters Marko Grujic, Ovie Ejaria and Trent Alexander-Arnold, amongst a long list of possible inclusions.
The tie, which must be decided on the night, is scheduled for a 7.45pm BST kick-off and will be broadcast live in the UK by Sky Sports.
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