Klopp wants Liverpool to show ‘a stable level of performance’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is looking for consistency from his players.

LINDSEY PARNABY

Jurgen Klopp has stressed the need for Liverpool to deliver "a stable level of performance".

Liverpool head into Wednesday’s trip to Sunderland on the back of a 1-0 win over Premier League leaders Leicester – but that followed a 3-0 defeat at Watford.

Since Klopp’s appointment as manager in October, Liverpool’s league record shows four victories – including impressive wins at Chelsea and Manchester City – three draws and three defeats.

"There’s no doubt about the individual quality of the players, there’s no doubt about the character," said Klopp.

"What we have to create is a stable level of performance, that’s what we have to work on.

"Now the next station is Sunderland and we have to go there and be concentrated from the first second, like we were against Leicester.

"It was a really good start in that game – I was happy about this – and now we have to do it again.

"That’s the thing. If we do this, then we can get results in a row. But it’s no present, we have to work for it."

Klopp also emphasized the importance of securing three points against Sunderland rather than trying to "show how football should be".

And he is confident his men will take the right mental approach as they face a side currently languishing in the relegation zone. 

"Now we have to play against Sunderland and we don’t want to go there and show how football should be," Klopp added. "We’ll go there and want to win – that’s what we have to show.

"There’s no reason to doubt the mentality of the team, that they’ll maybe think ‘it’s only Sunderland’ or anything like that… nobody in the team is like this.

"We want to improve our situation, we want to develop, and we want to get more points in this very, very important moment in the league, the end of December, January. There are so many points in the end of December and January.

"It’s unbelievable and you should take every one you can."