Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool fans their days of Premier League domination alongside Manchester City may have gone.
The Kop boss has guided his Liverpool stars to six trophies in four spectacular years at Anfield with City an even bigger domestic force under Pep Guardiola.
But Inconsistent results this season have left his side ninth in the Premier League table, 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United with a match in hand, having already relinquished their hold on the Carabao Cup.
Last season they were two games away from winning an unprecedented quadruple and Klopp is keen to put things in perspective.
He believes Liverpool’s dip in form this season allied to the emergence of Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle in the top four could signal the end of two clubs ruling English football in the future. “What happened in the league with City and us in the last few years was absolutely exceptional,” said Klopp.
“It is a bit embarrassing to say but the level of consistency we showed in that period is crazy. Absolutely crazy” says Klopp as quoted by Mirror Football.
“But we don’t use that even one percent as an excuse to say ‘five years we have been in charge of football, now we have to watch it like this’.
“Consistency is really the most difficult thing to have in football and we will see how that goes for other teams when they have little drops or injuries. But it’s pretty likely it’ll get tougher for everybody up there to stay up there, to qualify for Europe, the Champions League and especially become champions.
“It will be absolutely difficult because of the quality of the teams, the money around and the quality of the coaches which has improved a lot as well.
“Arsenal are a sensational team. Mikel had time pretty much with just a little bit of European football in the last few years and he is doing an outstanding job.
They will not go away easily and say ‘we had a year, thank you very much. United is in a really good moment, whatever happens there they will not stop investing and improving.
“If City, theoretically, do not win the league, I do not think Pep (Guardiola) will accept this kind of situation for a couple of years. They will go again.
Klopp’s side return to the scene of their most disappointing afternoon of the season when they visit the Amex Stadium for the fourth-round tie with Brighton on Sunday. That 3-0 loss earlier this month was a game the Reds boss branded one of the worst of 1000 games in management, but he insists a difficult few months do not define his Liverpool now.
Klopp added: “I have said it before, I did not become a bad manager overnight. I am not as good as some might think but I am not as bad as some others say. Imagine you would talk to another coach here today. Imagine we won all four trophies and I took a holiday.
“You’d see a different face here [at the press conference] and they’d try to explain [the problems] and nobody would listen. You’d say ‘last year was great, now it is not great, so go’. So these kind of things you just need broad shoulders and take it. It’s tough, I am sorry but we will go for it with all we have.
“Then to do it in a way people can’t wait to go to the stadium again and think ‘this is great, it’s spectacular, what’s next?’ So let’s go there, it’s how it is. How you behave and how you deal with the situation in these moments decides the future as well. That is why I am really happy with what we did so far. I hope we can get through this together and then we will do the right stuff to be much closer and then from there we all know what can happen.”
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