Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp unfazed by season targets as Reds chase title

Jurgen Klopp insists this season is not about setting targets or records to break as Liverpool look to retain their Premier League title.

Klopp has his side second in the table and already through to the Champions League knockout stages with a game to spare.

It would seem the Reds are hitting their targets considering the injury woe they have suffered so far.

But Klopp doesn't care where they are now, even though they only trail league leaders Tottenham on goal difference.

“The situation is tough, 100 per cent but we are on match-day nine or ten and it feels quite long but it is not even a third of the season,” the Kop boss said.

“So who cares where in the moment [we are]? We try to play football, we've won some games, drawn in others, lost one, massively, and that's the job.

"I said before, this is not a season where you throw a target at the start of the season on the table and say 'we have to be here or there'.

“Everybody tries to come through and some teams are more lucky with injuries than others and that is the situation.

“I am pretty sure that will level over the course of the season because it is just incredibly intense. Football, now the most intense period starts for all teams. It is massively intense for the teams involved in European football now.

“From now on we play every three days and some teams will realise now how tough it is and that is why we still have to talk about the five subs even though we didn't vote yesterday.”

Klopp may have Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita back from injury before tomorrow's visit of Wolves to Anfield. But they still have a long list in the physio room yet haven't allowed standards to slip.

Klopp said: “I said it, whoever is available we are still Liverpool. We are Liverpool, that is how we see it.

“We still want to win the game actually and I think pretty much most of the people think we have to win the game.

“You can see that when you speak before or after the game, people don't talk 'oh he's not available, he's not available'.

“Nobody really allows you to use that situation as an excuse and we don't. We don't.”

Tomorrow will be the first time fans are allowed at Anfield since the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid in March and 2,000 will get to see the champions for the first time in person.

Klopp added: “As we’ve always said when you go to Anfield it is not important how many [of] you there are, it’s all about how big your influence will be.

“I hope 2,000 people can be really influential, that they really help.”

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