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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

2017/2018 Season

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5 Liverpool 5 4 2 19
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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp not 'in panic' after poor results

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he's not "in panic" after a recent run of poor form from his side.

The Reds are winless in their last four matches after they were knocked out in the third round of the Carabao Cup by Leicester City on Tuesday night.

However, Klopp believes his team's struggles are being overblown, and told multiple outlets in the UK he has no reason for worry at the moment.

"You really think there would be one percent of a reason that I would panic?" Klopp said.

"It's football. We have eight points. In four games we were the clear better side but we didn't get the results.

"Now we could panic because of not getting the results or we say 'It's still not good enough playing football.' Do you think any team in the world loves playing against us in this moment?

"Or hope like Burnley that they only have to go for set-pieces and you get whatever you want and you can concede 35 shots on target or whatever and it's clear you will be lucky? It's not like this.

"It's always the same, 'playing good football you have no results,' 'the same defending problems like 500 years ago.' You can talk about this but I cannot think like this.

"I'm not in panic. I don't think that is the main message at the moment, not to get in panic because I cannot imagine that anybody thinks about this."

Liverpool were eliminated from the Carabao Cup by Leicester on Tuesday.

Klopp admitted the expectations at Liverpool are greater than at any other club he's coached, despite the Reds' long Premier League drought. Though, he cited the success of the Manchester clubs this early season as reason the pressure has increased at Anfield.

"Everywhere it's the same but here a little bit more [in terms of expectation]," Klopp said.

"Obviously it's difficult in this place not to be No. 1, even though they were not No. 1 in the last 25 years.

"Especially when the Manchester teams are flying, that makes it even more difficult but I cannot change this.

"What I can do is cool the situation here down and do the right things again and work on the other things. That's how it is always. I only feel the difference when I meet you [the media], you are my public. When I meet you I know something is obviously really wrong.

"They expect us to win football games and we could have won all of them but we didn't. There are two messages: we didn't and we could have. We could have means we were really close and we were really good.

"Now we can stop or let them get a little bit less, a little bit less, take the confidence of them and think 'playing good is very important but much more important is to somehow get a result.' That is not how football works.

"We have to improve, we have to do it again. We win the football game and everybody is happy, we don't win it and everyone has enough reasons why we will never win a football game again. That's how it is. For me, it is not a problem."

Addressing how the pressure from the stands has affected his players during games, Klopp added that dealing with it is "part of the deal" in professional football.

"The supporters responded really well when we went 1-0 down. That was not the problem," Klopp said.

"The problem is more when we are playing football and everyone wants us to create in each moment the next chance. We play a back pass, we have a build up .... it was always like 'arrrrrgh.'

"I cannot change this and I don't want to talk about this. I'm a foreigner from Germany and I'm not allowed to talk about things like this. If you feel like this, for example, write it without using my name.

"If I say 'something is wrong with the atmosphere' and I don't think so then we have a problem. Why should I do something like this? It's not about that.

"We have to perform. If we played football without the public we would not have the expectation from outside but we wouldn't earn any pounds for it. That's part of the deal.

"I don't have a problem with this. The only problem is I cannot do what you all want. My only challenge is to prepare the team. I only think about the public when I'm with you."

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