Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted a top four finish will be a ‘big success’ for his side, although a place in the Europa League would be ‘a step in the right direction’.
Defeat to Leicester on Monday night means Liverpool head into this weekend’s clash with Arsenal in fifth place, a point behind their opponents.
They’ve won just one of their last seven league games and have played one more than three of their rivals.
Fans are losing patience with the manager and are frustrated at their poor run of form. The hashtag ‘KloppOUT’ has gained traction on Twitter, with many fans using this to demand a change of manager.
— Football Manager (@BitFlit) March 2, 2017
The best thing that can happen to our club is a 5-0 loss at the weekend. An embarrassing loss at home to Wenger. Would end Klopp. #KloppOUT
— #KloppOUT (@FloppOut) March 1, 2017
I had enough of Klopp not rectifying the problem. Change the TACTICS against smaller teams already. #KloppOut
— I AM MGK (@Gwyneth22031) March 1, 2017
However, Klopp remains positive. Speaking to the Premier League Show on BBC this week (via the Daily Mail), the German said:
“I’m very, very positive about the whole thing, how much time I can get I have no idea. But I am in close talks with our ownership, and so we are all fine.”
He continued, giving his views on what he considers would be a success for his side this season. He also insisted his side need to learn from recent games very quickly.
“Qualifying for the Champions League would be a big success, 100 per cent. Qualifying for the Europa League, I’m not sure I could sell it as a success, but it would be OK, and a step in the right direction.
“But it is too early to say what would be a success, because we have to learn from the last games very, very quickly.”
A good performance is needed against Arsenal this weekend to keep Liverpool in with a chance of a top-four finish. Klopp believes his team need to bounce back and have to deliver against another top four challenger.
“First of all we have to make sure we are really good against Arsenal again, because if we want to stay in their reach in the table we need to bounce back. That’s how it is.
“We have no alternative, we have to deliver and show a reaction.”
Liverpool’s clash against Arsenal is a crucial game for both teams in their quest for Champions League football and a massive game for both managers.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena