Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Liverpool’s football suffering from comparisons to last season, says Klopp

Liverpool’s football suffering from comparisons to last season, says Klopp

"It feels a bit like this season can only be a success if we become champions".

"But it doesn't really feel like that because of two reasons". It's like we win a game and we have to say sorry for not winning it in a City way or whatever. Even if it's not Premier League, it's kind of this big gap.

'I'd love to say Hendo would have changed the whole game against Red Star but the whole game was unusual.

'He has qualities like Joe [Gomez] has, like Dejan [Lovren] has, like Joel [Matip] has, so that is really good for us. "When we lose people can go home satisfied but right now we're not offering that". We have to build on our situation, get better, get confidence. "I'd love to say Hendo would have changed the whole game against Red Star but the whole game was unusual".

That means Trent Alexander-Arnold should continue at right-back as he's expected to overcome a minor knock that forced him off in midweek while Andrew Robertson should once again start ahead of Alberto Moreno at left-back.

An improved defence has at times covered for struggles further afield with injuries and form preventing Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane from rekindling the spark of last season.

He said: "In general, the shape is good, we played a lot of really good games". For us it is not too important what happened past year but for the people, and because of the squad and the signings, we have to use that and not the other way around.

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"We are right now not showing this quality or effort, we must wake up and when we lose the game we must know how we lost it; we can not sell our skin so cheap".

"The comparisons to last year's free-flowing football - and Man City, Chelsea, maybe a few others play a really good season as well so it should not be a surprise for us".

"I do not say it is serious we lost two times, but of course we have to make sure that it will not happen again, otherwise it will be hard".

"That is in a year when our competitors are the champions of last year, two years ago and a refreshed Arsenal, a more experienced Tottenham, who have a similar number of points we have, and Manchester United turning around". "But in the games before, it was absolutely OK".

He said: "We can do better, that's always the case. But we have to enjoy our football as well exactly in the moment because it was, so far, pretty successful". But a lot of people compare a normal Premier League game which we win, with the very best game of last season.

"Behind us is a long two and a half years, to give up after a few months; I will repeat, (the) battle will be tough, we will be strong".

Victory on Sunday would give the club a timely boost heading into the worldwide break, although Klopp warned fans not to have a late one on Saturday night.

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