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'We should not start lying to ourselves that everything is fine when it's not'

Premier League leaders Liverpool are by no means perfect, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

JURGEN KLOPP ACCEPTS he may have “killed the winning mood” with his post-match team talk after Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Wolves but said his side’s performance left much room for improvement.

Reds players including centre-back Virgil van Dijk were critical of their own performances after a tight game against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, with the Netherlands international saying Liverpool “can do better”, and Klopp echoed his captain’s comments.

Liverpool have a 10-point cushion at the top of the Premier League going into their clash with Sheffield United at Anfield this evening, but Klopp warned that a repeat of Sunday’s performance will not suffice.

“The game gave us a lot of space for improvement,” Klopp said of the narrow victory over Wolves. “I told the boys what they could have done better immediately after the game, so maybe that killed the winning mood!

“We have to work on performances. We should not start lying to ourselves that everything is fine when it’s not. We have to make sure we improve. I am really concerned about different things. I’d like an easy life, but I don’t have it, unfortunately.”

In Sheffield United, Klopp’s men face a side who have lost just one of their away games in the Premier League this season, that defeat coming at Manchester City on Sunday with a 2-0 scoreline.

Klopp said the effect of the recent Qatar trip for the Club World Cup were evident against Wolves and revealed that the tests his players have faced since returning from Asia have forced him into some difficult selection decisions.

“Everyone was like, ‘wow’, coming back from Qatar to play against Leicester like this,” Klopp told reporters. “Yes, that was really good but that’s how it sometimes is, and the knock came three days later this time. 

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“We played Leicester, Wolves and Sheffield United who, in the form table, are the three teams behind us — we are playing teams in really good shape.

“When it’s really busy you have to make changes, but you have to try to make sure that the pieces on the pitch fit together.”

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