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Upbeat tone Jurgen Klopp suggests the euphoria around Liverpool's slump is being over-hyped


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: AP

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: AP

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: AP

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his team may have been written off too quickly after an alarming slump in form that has seen slide down the Premier League.

Ahead of Thursday night's game at Tottenham, champions Liverpool have fallen seven points behind in-form Manchester City after a five-game winless Premier League run that dates back to their 7-0 win against Crystal Palace on December 19th.

Yet while the post-mortems on Liverpool's title defence have been penned, an upbeat Klopp attempted to paint a very different picture as he faced the media in his latest press conference.

"Football is like this. You have to come in the right situations then you have to make the right decisions, all these kind of things. I don't know how long it takes or whatever," said Klopp.

"In this world we are losing trust and faith much too quick, everywhere. Everything is great or everything is the opposite - and there are so many stages in between. So we have a commitment to each other, that's how it is. That doesn't mean they can play how they want and stuff like this, they never did, they never could.

"I see them trying, I see them working on it and we are working as a team on solutions, not telling them, 'Everything is fine but then you don't finish the situations off'. It's not like this. It's a complex game and I love that about a football game. It's never about one person [and] that was the main reason why I loved this game so much as a kid already: that I didn't have to be perfect and we can still win games. It's about that.

"We have to become, and we talk about these things because it's obvious - scoring like crazy or not scoring, there is a big thing in between, I know. But it's really about just being the team we want to be and the team we want to be is actually the one team nobody wants to play against."

Liverpool were hailed as the best team in world football as they won the Premier League with ruthless ease last season, but Klopp believes that tag was always misplaced.

"All of a sudden people were talking about us as the best team in the world, which we never were," he added. "We could beat the best team in the world, we can still beat the best team in the world. That's good but we have to prove that on the pitch again, and we will.

"We are on fire, if you want, to strike back and the more negative things are thought about us or said about us, maybe the more we want it… that's the situation we are in.

"And for our supporters, the problem is if we were playing now a home game you would say the supporters have to be on their toes, 'Come on, let's create a proper atmosphere'. That will not be there, anyway not at Tottenham or West Ham because we play away, but that's a chance for us as well.

"We can do together with our fans even in the moment we are not together - just create that common fighting spirit again. It's difficult, we didn't see each other for a while and now we became champions, then the results at least, and some performances, dropped a little bit. It was always clear that it could happen.

"Now we can show how strong we are. I am on it, in it, whatever you want - and whoever wants to follow, welcome."

Captain Jordan Henderson and defender Joel Matip look set to play against Tottenham on Thursday after resuming fill training this week.

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