Liverpool will need to be more consisent as the Barclays Premier League approach the fininsh line, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool will be guests of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday, 2.30pm Nigerian time aiming to close the six-point gap on the fourth and fifth placed Manchester clubs and Klopp addressed the media in his Friday’s press conference ahead of the huge game.
“I would like to say from now on we would take every point but we have to show it. Consistency was not our hobby this season.”
“We are in a good way but now it’s Crystal Palace and I didn’t forget the first game. We have to take points back,” says the German.
“I don’t think about the top four. We have a lot of points to get and we should start getting as many as we can.”
On the victory over City, Klopp said: “It was an extremely lively game. It was a demonstration of how mentality can beat tired legs.”
“I was never in doubt we could do things like this. We have to perform all the time. We have to learn to do this.“We understand a little more about what I want from the players and what they want from me.
“We have to use this new quality in two very important tournaments.”
Discussing the club’s top-four prospects, the German said:
“Our starting position isn’t a masterclass but we are still in a good enough position to achieve something.
“Six points is not the world. We have to show consistency, which has not been our hobby until now. We need to improve that. Now it’s Crystal Palace. We lost to them at home. We need to take points back.
“This is the most important part of the season,” Klopp added.
Klopp also confirmed the injury to Lucas Leiva who will miss between five and six weeks with a thigh injury.
The Brazilian midfielder has been a fine performer for the Reds this season and recently has had to do a job at centre-back for the club due to a lack of options.
Klopp who was quick to praise the peformance of veteran Kolo Toure in both the result and resulting clean sheet against Manchester City.
“The challenge of the day was Kolo Toure against Aguero. I think it was the first time I’ve made a standing ovation in a game for a player. That was really great.
“Everybody who came in… you saw Christian Benteke is in another moment now, he is training really well and you could see. Divock Origi, 70 minutes working hard, first half really good and in the second half you saw it was a long time out. Joe Allen came in and was very important for us.
“Adam Lallana, after his injury, is a key player for us – like a few of them – because he loves the style we play, so it’s easier for him to do it and he can carry all the others with him.