Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted prior to his teams clash with Manchester City on Wednesday that he is not interested in the Premier League title race.
The German best get used to that situation, as Liverpool have got a long way to go before they are back challenging at the top of the Premier League table.
Not interested in Premier League title race
Asked about the title race in his pre-match press conference Klopp said: “The title race for us is not really interesting. That is not the best news, but that is the truth.
“If someone wants to be champion, he should be champion without our help, without our points and that’s the real champion. I don’t think about who can win the league… at the moment, there are a few teams, I only think about how we can win tomorrow.”
I think what the former-Dortmund boss was trying to say was that his team will do City no favours in Wednesday night’s clash at Anfield. City have a notoriously bad record at Anfield and are in desperate need of a win to stay in the title race.
Top four was the aim
When Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield the obvious aim was always going to be a top-four spot and a Champions League place. I doubt anybody including Klopp thought the Reds had any chance of challenging for the Premier League title this season.
The title is a distant dream for everybody connected with the club from Merseyside, who are not so much a sleeping giant, more like a giant who has been in a very long coma.
The charismatic Klopp has done his best to revive the Reds, but the team have struggled for any sort of consistency under the German. I have described them as the Jekyll and Hyde of the top-flight this season.
The title fits well, as one minute they can be brilliant like at City in the reverse fixture, then the next they can be awful like against Watford when they were well beaten 3-0 at Vicarage Road.
Some of those Liverpool players face very short Reds futures indeed. They are simply not good enough for a club who are highly ambitious. Most Liverpool fans are knowledgeable and are willing to give Klopp time to get it right.
However there is also that small group of delusional fans who still think that every year is going to be the Reds year to win the league. Every club has them to be fair. These are the sort of people who make village idiots look intelligent.
Liverpool will be six points behind Manchester City with a win on Wednesday. They have an outside chance of making the top four, but are currently odds of 20/1 to finish in the Champions League spots this season.
There is still time for the Reds to mount a bid for those valuable top four spots in the league, but nothing they have shown so far this season suggests they can find the consistency to claim a Champions League spot this season.
Safe hands in Jurgen Klopp
I am a big fan of Jurgen Klopp and believe that he will have Liverpool challenging at the top end of the Premier League table, eventually. However, he needs to be able to bring his own players in.
A better gauge of how far the Reds have come under Klopp will be how his team performs next season, after the German has had a chance to get rid of some of the mediocre players in his squad and bring in replacements.
Next season will be more difficult than ever to challenge for the Premier League title, as the usual players Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United will all have new bosses, and no doubt a host of big name arrivals.
That is not even mentioning Tottenham and Arsenal, who will both once again be looking to challenge for the title, or even top of the table Leicester. Finishing in the top four next season and better performances must be Liverpool’s realistic aims.
Rome was not built in a day and Klopp is not a magician. Baring anything spectacular, something tells me that the title destination will not be that interesting to Liverpool fans next season either.
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