English Premiership

Klopp: I don't allow complacency

2016-11-23 19:00
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Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that he won't tolerate players who become complacent due to the club's position in the standings.

The Reds briefly enjoyed first position in the Premier League at the weekend, prior to Chelsea's win over Middlesbrough which saw them move to the top.

But Klopp isn't focused on the league table in November and won't allow his players to get carried away with it either.

"Do not think too much about [the title], that will help," he is quoted as saying in The Guardian. "We are here (at Melwood) four or five hours a day, sometimes longer, never less.

"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.

"But these things usually don't happen. 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."

Liverpool trail Chelsea by one point after 12 games, having lost only once so far this campaign.

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