Jurgen Klopp has called on Liverpool to ‘fight’ their way out of a poor run of form and insists his players are ‘in it together’ as they bid to turn their fortunes around.
Liverpool’s hopes of defending the title have been all but ended following a concerning run of results, last weekend’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City leaving the champions 10 points adrift of the league leaders having played a game more.
Klopp’s side have now lost three consecutive home fixtures after seeing an unbeaten run of 68 games at Anfield ended by Burnley last month, with the Reds having dropped to fourth and facing a fight to secure Champions League qualification.
Liverpool travel to face third-placed Leicester in a huge meeting between the two top four rivals this weekend and Klopp has issued a rallying cry to his players, urging his side to ‘fight’ through their current situation and admitting he has seen encouraging signs despite a dip in results.
“We are in it together,” he said. “There is nothing to worry about, we are not pointing the finger at each other.
“There is nothing bad to say about the atmosphere but we are not flying. It’s normal if you don’t get results week in, week out, that a few things drop.
“Rhythm is difficult when you have to keep brining players in. I saw a very confident team against Manchester City, which is one of the most difficult games in the world. The only thing you can really do is to fight through a situation like this. Nobody will help you.
“You have to work for all the situations, defend and attack on the highest level. There are a lot of good signs in the last few weeks. That shows me we aren’t too far away.”