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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are aiming for title glory this season, but cannot be weighed down by the failures of previous generations. Liverpool have not won a title since 1989, but are currently second in the Premier League table – six points behind leaders Chelsea – ahead of the Christmas fixtures.
Manager Klopp insists the club is equipped to challenge for top spot until the end of the season, but says players and supporters should focus on the present and not think about the last 26 seasons.
“We are not the last 25 years. We are now. We are this generation,” he said in an exclusive Christmas interview with Sky Sports ‘ Jamie Redknapp.
“As much as we love all the guys from the past which created this club, we cannot make their job. We have to do our job.
“Let’s do it and let’s try it. We are good enough and the club is big enough. We have the owners we need because they don’t want to sell players. Nobody should leave here because of money. We are not the best-paying club in the world, but we
can pay enough to stay.
“This moment at Liverpool is fantastic and we have to use it. We are in the present really good and the future is bright, so go for it.
“That doesn’t mean that we can’t lose games. What really makes the joy a little bit smaller is when we lose a game people say ‘that’s like the season 2004-05 when we lost to I-don’t-know where’.
“It’s not, it’s never the same. We do not have it in our DNA that we lose a decisive game. “We are young enough, we are good enough, we are strong enough and we have an outstanding, skilled team. The only problem is there are a few teams around that have not a worse team, too.
“It’s still football. The more you wish doesn’t make it more likely, but it’s still possible and we will stay in the race, for sure.”
Liverpool have already beaten title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal this season, but have suffered disappointing defeats against Burnley and Bournemouth. And Klopp insists they will need an element of luck if they are to go on and lift the Premier
League trophy in May.
“We have played a really good season until now, but becoming a champion means you need to play a really good season plus having luck in the right situations. No injuries and a little bit of luck in this game and that game.
“Whenever you look back it always looks like Manchester United or whoever did everything right in each game, but they won a lot of games in the last minute and you think it’s quality, but it’s coincidence most of the time. Very often it’s individual quality in a moment or it’s coincidence.
You need to have the luck.
“But you need to be prepared for these moments. You need to make the percentage of coincidence and luck as small as possible. All the rest need to
be planned and what we can plan, we do.
But then you can still lose a game like we did at Bournemouth.