Jurgen Klopp insists that Liverpool’s early-season problems were not the fault of Brendan Rodgers, but that “they had to change something”.
The Reds blew Manchester City away 4-1 on Saturday at the Etihad, with Klopp out-foxing Manuel Pellegrini with a front three of Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
The result only moved Liverpool up a place to ninth and Klopp is keen not to guarantee Champions League football, pointing out that Liverpool lost to Crystal Palace before the international break.
“We have to be very careful,” he said. “If something serious happens [injuries] then we have a big problem. We have to work, that’s all.
“Somebody asks us if we can go to the top then it’s not my problem. I don’t think that way. The money is in the Champions League but I can’t promise it now. It’s hard work.
“They changed the manager here. It wasn’t because of the weather and it wasn’t a problem with Brendan Rodgers because he is a brilliant manager. But they had to change something.
“Only two weeks ago we lost to [Crystal] Palace. I can’t say that we are good enough but if you want to write it you can.”
Martin Skrtel pinpointed the changes made by Klopp, telling the Liverpool Echo: “You can see what a difference he has made.
“He’s very good tactically and he gives players belief. You see his emotion on the touchline.
“He’s a winner. He shows that every day in training and when it comes to the games.
“We wants us all to be the same – to be fighting for the team and fighting for the club and that’s what we’re all doing.”