Jurgen Klopp says six-point gap to top four 'not the world'
By Stephen Turner
Last Updated: 04/03/16 7:57pm
Liverpool must make consistency their "hobby" to have a realistic hope of gatecrashing the top four, Jurgen Klopp says.
The current incumbents all failed to win in midweek, and Liverpool moved to within six points of Manchester City with a 3-0 victory over Manuel Pellegrini's side.
That gap is "not the world", according to Klopp, who now takes the Reds to London for a Super Sunday game against a Crystal Palace side without a Premier League win in 2016.
He said: "I would like to say from now on we would take every point but we have to show it. Consistency was not our hobby this season.
"Our starting position isn't a masterclass but we are still in a good enough position to achieve something. We are in a good way but now it's Crystal Palace.
"I don't think about the top four. We have a lot of points to get and we should start getting as many as we can. Now we only have two tournaments left and we can be fully concentrated on these tournaments."
Palace won at Anfield in November, when Yannick Bolasie was among the scorers, and the winger is fit again after a two-month spell out injured that coincided with his side's slump in form.
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"The biggest difference for Palace has been the time without Bolasie," Klopp said. "Having him back is important for them. He is a quality player, together with Wilfried Zaha.
"I would like to say they have no self-confidence, but that is not the truth. It's not the easy place to collect points. It will be hard work, but we have to show we will be ready."