Jurgen Klopp: Nobody expected Liverpool to compete atop Premier League
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told reporters on Friday that few fancied his side to compete at the top of the Premier League this campaign.
Klopp takes his side to West Brom on Saturday looking for the first of two wins which will guarantee Champions League football next season.
His team four points behind second-placed Manchester United and two ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham. And the German is hopeful when the new campaign starts, his side will be able to close the gap on this season's runaway champions Manchester City, having beaten them three times in four meetings in the last eight months.
"When we started the season there were different opinions about different clubs and who could be where and a lot of people would have said Man City would be champions, maybe Chelsea or United, but no-one thought about us and that is OK," Klopp said.
"Around us there is development as well and there will be next year but it is always that you want to finish better than the year before, that is the minimum target you have.
"Hopefully we can finish the season again in a Champions League spot and then we have a little bit of space for improvement football-wise and result-wise and what you need for that is consistency.
"The gap between us and City was not in the games against City, it was in other games and a few points we missed were kind of unlucky and a few were our own responsibility and we have to work on that."