Jurgen Klopp has outlined his ambitions for the rest of the season, as he looks to inspire an upturn in fortunes for his dogged Liverpool side.
The Reds take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening, in one of their toughest tests of a gruelling 2017 so far, looking to improve on their frustrating recent form.
Liverpool have won just once in 10 games since the turn of the year, and that came in the FA Cup third-round replay away to League Two side Plymouth Argyle.
Klopp’s side have lost five in 2017, most recently away to Hull City in the Premier League, and are out of both the FA Cup and the League Cup, with their sights now set on a top-four finish.
Victory over Spurs would help them on their way towards doing so, and speaking to reporters at Melwood on Friday, Klopp acknowledged that this was needed after his side “lost the flow.”
“We recognised, at one point we lost the flow, of course,” he said.
“And in this moment, you not only lose the flow, but then it’s this and that.
“This player’s out, and this player’s coming back but no rhythm, this player’s coming back but from another country.
“Then this player’s injured and coming back after how many days, and then you come in and another two players are ill or injured—that’s how it is.
“It’s really rare that one player’s out and the other player who comes in is in a world-class situation, because of not playing for a long time.”
But Klopp is now simply focussing on the present, with Liverpool still in the running for Champions League qualification this season, and set a bold target for his side.
“In this moment, I’m nearly 0.0 [percent] interested in what was,” he continued.
“I’m much more interested in what will be, and what we can do, and which results we can get, which performances we can show, where and when we can deliver.
“In my dreams, we can win 14 games—and again, I know how it sounds, but I cannot change my dreams.
“That’s what I’m working for, and after these 14 games, it’s another moment to watch back, use all these experiences, use all the things we learned about each other.
“Then we’ll make decisions that will help us in the next season, that’s the plan.”
After Spurs, Liverpool take on the struggling Leicester City, before a home clash with fellow top-four rivals Arsenal, with Man City to come two weeks later.
Beyond that, however, the Reds have a favourable run-in from April to May, with a lot left to fight for this season.