JURGEN KLOPP has set his sights on Jose Mourinho.
The Liverpool supervisor wrote off difficult for the title after racking up EIGHT attracts earlier than Christmas.
Manchester Metropolis’s kind additionally means ending prime is not an intention — so ending second is now the goal.
And being better of the remainder will knock bitter rivals Manchester United and their boss Mourinho off their second-placed spot.
Klopp stated: “It appears like we could possibly be second, third or fourth this yr.
“That might be not the dream however a implausible state of affairs — and that’s what we’re engaged on.
“We’re on our method and we have now to maintain the group collectively and contain different gamers.
“That’s a job for the longer term. This yr, I don’t suppose anyone anticipate Man Metropolis and possibly Man United can suppose an excessive amount of about how they will win the league. We now have to qualify for the Champions League, we have now to complete as excessive as potential.”
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Klopp is eager about signing £70million centre-back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton — however even that won’t eradicate the defensive errors which have blighted Liverpool’s season.
In opposition to Arsenal on Friday night time they have been two targets forward and ended up needing to salvage some extent in a Three-Three thriller.
Klopp added: “If we discover gamers who don’t make particular person errors, we are going to change the whole lot.
“It’s troublesome to scout gamers who’ve by no means made a person mistake of their life.
“Nevertheless it’s not about that — we have now to defend higher as a group, 100 per cent.”
Klopp has known as on his gamers to study from their errors.
He defined: “When you make one mistake, you study from it.
“At residence towards Sevilla, we missed the ball. Tottenham, we missed the ball.
“With errors like this you need to study from them. To keep away from them utterly is not possible. A number of my gamers on this squad are younger sufficient to study.
“That’s what they are going to do. However to cease it identical to that might be troublesome.”
Midfielder James Milner says his team-mates must cease attempting to attain each time they get the ball.
He stated: “Attacking soccer has outlined the group this season however you need to know when to rein it in a bit fairly than rating each time we get it.
“It’s a pure intuition however it’s in regards to the outcome on the finish of the day. It’s about understanding when to take that 5 or ten minutes in a sport.
“It doesn’t imply we have now to vary our fashion of play however for these couple of minutes, shut up store. Construct the assaults a bit slower and take the sting out of the sport.
“We’ve received the laborious bit — being ok to drag groups aside. The simple half is the bit that we’re not doing nicely.”
Jordan Henderson has been dominated out of Tuesday’s conflict with Swansea after limping off on the Emirates.