Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool will not be regularly missing out on Champions League football following their torrid title defence.
The champions are not only 22 points behind leaders Manchester City, but they also find themselves in seventh and four points behind Chelsea in fourth, the Blues having clinched a 1-0 win at Anfield on Thursday night.
Not only did that result damage their top-four hopes, but it also means that Liverpool have lost five successive home league games for the first time in their history, while they’ve now suffered five defeats in their last six Premier League fixtures.
With injuries continuing to mount, it looks as though the Reds have an uphill battle on their hands to qualify for the Champions League, their best chance of competing in next season’s competition likely to be by winning this year’s tournament.
Klopp has already admitted that the defeat to Chelsea was ‘a massive blow’ for their top four hopes, but has insisted that if they do miss out this time around, the club will not be ‘regular’ outside of Europe’s elite competition as was the case before his arrival.
“This club will not be regular outside of the Champions League,” Klopp said at his pre-match pres. “This year is difficult – we know that. But the potential and the power of the club is a completely different one. The team we have, the squad we have together, if they are not all injured, is a different one to 10 years ago.
“But we are ready to do battle in this era and with the team we have. This is a season where you have momentum and we never really got it. But it says nothing about the future, this club is in a really good position – in difficult times, obviously, but in a better position than other clubs I’d say.
“I understand about what happened in the past, but what I can say, nobody has to worry about the future of the club because it is in good hands and we have a really good team together. That is obviously the best basis for a good future together.”
Liverpool will be hoping to end their dismal home form when they host struggling Fulham on Sunday afternoon.