Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp pinpoints how he wants Reds to improve in the title race

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp pinpoints how he wants Reds to improve in the title race

Jurgen Klopp has called on Liverpool to become a team opponents “don’t want to play against” ahead of the title run-in.

Liverpool have endured a tricky past few weeks. They were knocked out of the Europa League by Atalanta, after losing 3-0 at Anfield, before surrendering control of the title race to Manchester City after a 1-0 loss at home to Crystal Palace.

With six games to go in the Premier League Liverpool now sit third, after finishing the 11 out of the last 13 gameweeks in first. The Reds sit two points behind City, who are now favourites for their fourth title in a row.

Klopp’s side cannot afford to drop any more points after a torrid run of form, and the German has called on his side to make things trickier for their opponents.

“That's the challenge in football because we never play just for ourselves, we always have an opponent,” Klopp said. “We have to make sure we become that opponent for each team again [that] they don't want to play against. We made it a bit too easy for three teams in a row and we should change that.”

Year after year, Man City are ruthlessly efficient during the title run in. Last season they won 12 games in a row to reel Arsenal in. The year before they won nine out of their last 12 games to pip Liverpool to the title by one point.

Once they have a lead it’s near impossible to reel them back in. Klopp however, is still optimistic.

“That's obviously not in our hands, it's not about that. I think if we would win all our games, yeah, there's a good chance that we will be champion. If not, yeah, then it's a good chance that somebody is there. Maybe we only have to win five or whatever, but nobody knows.

Who would have thought that Arsenal lose against Aston Villa? But it was always clear if you are a football person, you think, 'Aston Villa, wow' – we have to go there still, so that's not one of my favourite away games or whatever – but it just happens. Now we all sit here and think, 'OK, [Manchester] City will win all their games.' Yeah, that's happened quite frequently, but they have a lot of games to play, difficult opponents as well, stuff like this. We don't think about them.”

Liverpool head to Fulham this Sunday, and will need to play far better than last week if they have any hope of still winning the title.