Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool do not have to win title for successful season

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed claims that the Reds season can only be classed as a success if they win the league.

‘It feels a bit like this season can only be a success in the moment’

Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s game with Fulham on Sunday, Klopp stated:

“The season so far, points-wise, the Premier League season, is really successful.

“But it doesn’t really feel like that because of two reasons. The comparison with last year, the free-flowing football in a few games, and Man City, Chelsea and few others play a very good season. That should not be a surprise for us, so it isn’t.

“Always you see we struggle and they win 6-0. Even if it’s not Premier League, it’s kind of this big gap.

“It feels a bit like this season can only be a success in the moment — from how I feel it from all the questions I got asked after games and around games — if we become champions in a year where our competitors are the champions of last year, the champions of two years ago [Chelsea], a refreshed Arsenal and a more experienced Tottenham and Man United.

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“That’s a really tough job, and we have no problem with that. We go for everything. We have to build on our situation, get better, get confidence.

“It’s all OK, but this game on Tuesday was this kind of massive knock that was not expected. Now we have to react in the right way — not only on Sunday, but in general.”

Jurgen Klopp

BELGRADE, SERBIA – NOVEMBER 06: Manager Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool reacts during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 06, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Liverpool vs Fulham

After a shock defeat to Red Star Belgrade during the week, Liverpool will be keen to get back to winning ways vs Fulham this Sunday.

The Reds head into this game 3rd in the league just two points behind Manchester City.

Liverpool are also unbeaten in the league having won eight and drawn three.

As for Fulham, they come into this game bottom of the Premier League having lost their last five league games.

They also have the worst defensive record in the league, letting in 29 goals in 11 games.

You can watch Klopp’s full pre-match press conference below.

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