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10 February 2017 03:34
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Jurgen Klopp targets perfect 14 from Liverpool's remaining fixtures

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dreams of winning their 14 remaining league matches despite a current run of form which has failed to see them register a victory in 2017.

The Reds boss is enduring his worst spell of results since taking over in October 2015 - and their worst start to a calendar year in the league since 1954 when they were relegated - and admits he was angered by the first-half performance in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Hull.

But having made his feelings clear to his players after that reverse at the KCOM Stadium, Klopp is keen to put the past behind him, starting with the visit of second-placed Tottenham.

"In this moment I am nearly nil-point-nil interested in what was," he said.

"I am more interested in what will be and what we can do, and what results we can get and performances we can show and where and when we can deliver.

"In my dreams we can win 14 games. I know how it sounds but I cannot change my dreams and that is what I am working for.

"After these 14 games it is another moment when we watch back and we use all these experiences and all the things we learned about each other, and then we will make decisions that will help us in the next season."

Having taken just three points from five matches Liverpool have slipped from second placed to fifth in the space of a month, dropping out of the top four for the first time since September.

It has led Klopp to spend more time problem-solving than coaching but he accepts that comes with the territory.

"The reason why we did it wrong is not always clear but sometimes it is not always important, you only have to fix it immediately," he said.

"To fix it is the most interesting part of my job actually."

Mauricio Pochettino admits Chelsea will not be worried about Tottenham even if his side seal a crunch victory at Anfield.

Spurs face Klopp's men this weekend looking to reduce a nine-point gap behind the Blues, who will travel to relegation strugglers Burnley on Sunday.

Chelsea's advantage seems almost insurmountable, particularly given the league leaders are unbeaten in the six games since losing to Tottenham at the start of the year.

But Pochettino insists even success at Liverpool will not set any nerves jangling in south London.

"Chelsea aren't worried about that," Pochettino said.

"It is true that (Antonio) Conte wants to keep the motivation high and keep them pushing and fighting but I think they are worried about themselves."

Pochettino added: "It is not about sending a message to Chelsea. We are competing with ourselves, like we were last season.

"We are our own enemies and if we win, we win. It is important to be focused on ourselves.

"It is true in the last four or five games when you need to reduce the gap you are not only thinking of winning games, you are looking to reduce the gap to your opponent.

"But today it is about you. You need to be able to keep that level about winning, winning, winning games, then hope afterwards that Chelsea drop points."


Source: PAR


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