Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s problem this season has been consistency and not the gap between themselves and Premier League winners Man City.
Liverpool were thumped 5-0 by City in the Premier League in September, but they won 4-3 at Anfield in the return match before knocking Pep Guardiola’s men out of the Champions League with two wins.
And Klopp, whose side face West Brom tomorrow lunchtime, believes the gulf between Liverpool and Man City (17 points) is not the problem.
When asked about challenging City next season at today’s early news conference, Klopp said: “We need consistency. We have space for improvement. The gap between us and City wasn’t in the games against them, it was in the other games.
“You always want to finish better than the year before. Hopefully we finish this season in a Champions League spot with space for improvement, football-wise and consistency-wise.
“That’s always the target. We have missed a few points this year – some were unlucky and some were our own fault.”
Klopp also spoke about the “intense” pressure that comes with life as Liverpool boss and admitted he will not be a manager that keeps going until he drops.
“It’s quite an intense job. That’s true. I only spoke about it in the interview because the interviewer asked me. I love what I do. I enjoy it. But most jobs are intense,” added the 50-year-old.
“The big difference is we are constantly in the focus. Do I need the fact I am famous? No. I don’t need it a bit. I don’t feel that special.
“I would be really happy to stop that one day, people stopping talking when I walk past. I don’t need it but it’s part of the business. We get really well paid so that’s okay.
“We can have a life we couldn’t have dreamed of. But I don’t need football to be happy. At this moment I love it but I don’t need it. There will be a moment when I say “thank you very much,” but I don’t know when.
“There will always be someone else to do the job. It’s totally different now and you [the media etc] want an impact now.
“You wanted me to make an impact after three days for my first game at Tottenham. But I’m healthy and at a wonderful club. I’m happy.”