Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp not thinking about Premier League title or top four

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Even with Liverpool’s form beginning to recover, Jurgen Klopp is resisting the urge to set targets for his team this season.

Jurgen Klopp insists he is not thinking about a Premier League title charge or even whether Liverpool will be able to finish in the top four this season as he focuses on extending their recent revival.

A mixed start to the new campaign has left the Reds way off the pace at the summit, with 11 points separating them from leaders Arsenal, while the top four remains four points away.

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However, their form has begun to recover in recent weeks, with a change of formation sparking a run of four wins from five in all competitions.

Still, this recovery is not prompting Klopp to consider what his team's targets might be across the remainder of the season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Picture: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty ImagesLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Picture: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Picture: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

He said: "We have no influence on it, we don't play City or Arsenal now, we play pretty much all the others if I am right?

"We have to win every game, our aim is to win the next game and get three points. Honestly, we've never had a different one.

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"The long-term aim... I would really like to rewind the movie a bit and whenever someone asks me if we are still in the title race and I would say 'Yes, of course!' then people would think 'My God! Finally he realises as well he is a bit dumb!'

"We cannot say it because it is not the case. Our aim is to win as many football games as possible. If that brings us closer to fight for whatever, then great.

"At the moment we realise that we are close enough then we will go for it, but what that is I have no idea. Is it the top six? Top four? But each three points brings you closer to the area where we want to be and where we should be maybe.

"Please don't think that we don't have targets or that we are aimless. We are completely full of ambition still but we have to do it step-by-step and that means game-by-game and the next one is Nottingham."

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Back-to-back 1-0 wins over Manchester City and West Ham have served to improved the Premier League picture significantly for Liverpool, and is the posting of two clean sheets in those games that has most pleased Klopp.

He added: "Since the season started we had to hear the conversation that we always conceded the first goal and I couldn't wait for the day when you don't ask the question. Now you don't ask that, which is good! Hopefully we don't have to talk about that anymore.

"It should [help] but we all know there are different kinds of clean sheets. A clean sheet with no shots on target from the opposition team or clean sheets with outstanding goalkeeper saves. I think we needed Ali a couple of times or Milly in one moment, that's clear. That's the nature of clean sheets, there are not a lot with no shots on target.

"We know we have to work really, really hard to make sure that we can just get more stability and build on that in a game. If each chance of the opponent is nearly a goal or a goal then we just cannot play freely offensively.

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“I have to say as well we will face a pretty deep defending side at Nottingham Forest with incredible speed up front, so there will be counter-attacks, there will be everything involved, hard challenges.

“So we have to be ready for that and that is my concern. It is not about the clean sheets we've had - if you talk about a clean sheet after the next game, I would be delighted [because] then we have a good chance to win the game. If not then it will be difficult, much more difficult."

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