Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his side are not the ‘Harlem Globetrotters’ and that their success is more about attitude than quality.
However, after Luis Diaz arrived for £37.5m, Klopp also admitted it was the best team he had ever managed in his career.
The Reds are in fine form and will be looking to build on their 2-0 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League when they face Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday.
And Klopp believes his team’s recent success comes down to some great characters in the dressing room.
“You have to fight and not think how good we could be,” Klopp said.
“We are not the Harlem Globetrotters. There are a lot of very good teams and teams that we have to fight against.
“No one is happy to be second; reaching a final is good but if you lose, everything is nothing.
“I’ve answered the question five million times but we constantly talk about (the quality of) the team.
“My opinion is clear: the best team, the best I’ve ever had, but it’s more important what kind of atmosphere in the team and the stadium you can create to get results.
“You don’t win a Champions League away game against Inter Milan because you’re good, you win it because you want it with everything you’ve got and that’s what we did. .”
Liverpool will look to put pressure on defending champions Manchester City to six points as they take on Norwich at Anfield before City lock horns with Tottenham in the evening’s kick-off.
But closing the gap to Pep Guardiola’s city isn’t his main priority at the moment.
“Of all the problems I have, the smallest is what you said about City. There’s no day in the week, no minute actually, when I think about it,” he said. added Klopp.
“We have nothing to do with it, we just have to win our games and see if we get closer or not.
“Apart from that we are fighting for a place in the Champions League and for that we have to win games and if we want to go further in the cup competitions or win the cup then you have to win games.
“It’s the same solution. You solve all your problems by winning football matches and that’s the only thing we talk about. It was always like that. »
The biggest dilemma Klopp regularly faces is leaving players out of the matchday squad due to the availability of many star players.
Klopp will be without striker Diogo Jota this weekend after suffering an ankle injury in Milan.
“That’s the part I like the least. It’s easy when the boys give you a reason, like spending three nights in a bar or being photographed in a pub and then “You’re not there, you don’t understand the situation” but we never had that “, Klopp said.
“None of these players have deserved it so far so it’s not easy, it’s very difficult but it’s still part of the business.
“However, there might be a chance that you start next week, that’s how it is, so hold on tight.
“Be mad at me, be disappointed with the issue, but the next day show up and be the best version of yourself and you still make the decisions hard.
“If the players want to talk to me, it’s not after the pre-match decision. After we play the game, they can come and talk but the answers are quite easy; you have to make sure you are on the team, I’m just the spotter.
“You have to deliver and the more you deliver, the more likely your situation will change.”
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