Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp does not trust his team’s ability to be among the top four in the English Premier League at the end of the season.
Liverpool suffered two consecutive losses, against Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, to fall to ninth place in the league table after 14 rounds.
“Do I worry about Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top four? Yes, of course, but that’s not what worries me the most right now because there are other things I have to worry about,” Klopp said.
He added, in statements published by his club’s website, “I am not naive to not see the difference between us and the top teams, but I do not think that you can qualify for the Champions League in the absence of continuity as we are currently.”
The difference between leaders Manchester City and Liverpool ninth reached 13 points.
He stressed, “We have to correct the situation, and we will see where we end up. We know that anything is possible, or that a lot of things are possible, and to qualify for the Champions League you have to win games, and we haven’t done that much so far.”
He continued, “We are not looking for excuses, but the reality is that we have been suffering from injuries since the first day of the season, and some players participate in the matches while they have not yet regained their full readiness. For this reason, there are players who play all the matches and other players who participate directly after their return from injury.”
He continued, “The next match will be against Napoli at Anfield, and some may talk about their insignificance because we have already qualified for the round of 16, but I see it as a match in which we have to put in a strong performance.”
“We need at least 11 players ready to face Napoli, and then we will face Tottenham at their stadium next week,” the German coach concluded.
Liverpool stumbled again in the English Premier League, this time against Leeds United and at Anfield, with two goals to one in the 14th round matches.
Rodrigo Moreno and Cresencio Summerville scored for Leeds United, while Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s only goal.
The win is the first for Leeds United since the third round of the league against Chelsea on August 21 last.
Leeds United achieved their first victory over Liverpool in the league since 2001.
Virgil van Dijk lost with Liverpool at Anfield for the first time since joining the ranks of the Reds after 70 games.
Liverpool suffered two consecutive league defeats against two teams in the relegation zone for the first time since March 2012.