Klopp issues warning against complacency

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Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Southampton, England.
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Amid speculation that Liverpool can win the league title, Klopp has come out to warn his players against becoming complacent.

Jurgen Klopp has again shown his ruthlessness and belief that no player is bigger than the club with his admission that any player who takes their foot off the gas will be dropped. The Reds currently sit second on the league table – 1 point behind Chelsea – and the German is eager for his side to maintain a title push over the course of the full season.

“Do not think too much about it (the title), that will help. We are here (Melwood) four or five hours a day, sometimes longer, never less,” Klopp said.

“They still have a few more hours in the day to be influenced by people around them. If somebody is a character and wants to celebrate position one in November then he will not play in December anymore because I see it pretty quick.”

The Reds most recent result saw them earn their second league clean sheet in a 0-0 draw away to Southampton – a tough place to visit in recent times – following the international break and Klopp believes this result is down to the improving ‘character’ of his squad.

“The players are here in this situation because their character is really good. It is a long way to get here. It is not like they are surprised about success whether it is individual or as a team. They had successes of being the best player at Southampton, Schalke or other teams. This is success but if you then celebrate this and don’t be professional anymore then you have a problem. It is not too difficult. Nothing has happened until now.”

Klopp finished up by imploring his side to keep calm and to continue taking things one game at a time, highlighting his patient and sensible approach to the season.

“It is better to be one time in first place than never in your life but it is not really important in this moment. There is nothing to think about. If I went to the players and said: ‘Don’t think we are first’, or ‘we are first but nothing has been reached’, they would think I’m silly because they know this already. Stay cool, play football and see what happens.”

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