Jurgen Klopp has backed his decision to move to Anfield, insisting that he is “in the right place”, but argues it will take time to rejuvenate Liverpool.
As a side that are currently sat ninth in the league and have only managed to take five points from a possible 18 in 2016, Liverpool’s Premier League campaign appears to be stalling.
The club have enjoyed more success in the Capital One Cup, after they overcame Stoke to reach the final, but all hopes of the cup double were dashed after Tuesday night’s defeat to West Ham in the FA Cup.
Given Liverpool’s early injury woes and the more recent ticket price controversy, Klopp hasn’t exactly enjoyed the easiest of times at Anfield.
But the enigmatic German believes he was right to take the job.
He said: “It is about work. I feel completely in the right place. I feel good, I like to work and I am still learning about everything.
"I think everyone knows there would have been a few easier jobs but I am not this kind of guy. I was always ready for the right job in the right situation where you can make a difference.
“To change things you need time. Liverpool is not in the most easy moment but I am not surprised. We could have had six points more, no problem. It is not too far away. That is how football is.”
Due to his success at Dortmund, his appointment as manager was largely expected to usher in a period of improvement and success. But 17 games after Brendan Rodgers’ sacking, Liverpool continue to languish in the middle of the table and are currently 12 points off the pace.
Convincing victories against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Southampton have lent hope to fans that their team is indeed undergoing the transformation they had hoped for, but a lack of consistency seems to be hindering the side.
Klopp added: “Of course I am disappointed with a few results and performances but I am positive and surprised by a few other performances. The players have shown me what is possible, sometimes for the team, sometimes for the individual.
“A few things hadn’t worked – otherwise they would not have changed the manager – then you have an international break, injuries, re-injuries, and because of this other players are having to play. I am not David Copperfield. It is not about making things change and everything is OK."