LONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits the English Premier League (EPL) champions will face tough competition to finish in the top four.
The German manager thinks the question of defending the championship should be set aside until they confirm their place in the Champions League.
The Reds are currently in fourth place and three points behind leaders Manchester United after failing to win in four games.
Klopp now insists that finishing the competition as the top four teams is a priority compared to winning the EPL for the second time in a row.
“When our season got second place with 97 points, I thought about the championship after we made it to the Champions League.
“I know what to do. I have to qualify for the Champions League and I know it’s not an easy task.
“This means the competition for the top four this season will be more challenging,” he said.
Klopp also said ‘football supporters are not the most patient group on the planet. They want to win every game. ‘
“The same goes for me. But I have been in football for a long time and know we will face difficult moments.
“But this is not the hardest moment I have ever had in my life. We need to stay patient.
“It’s not a matter of ‘if we don’t become champions, it’s not a fun thing’. It’s not like that but we are fighting for everything,” he said.