Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, twice a Bundesliga champion in charge of former club Borussia Dortmund, has admitted that the Premier League is a much tougher and more competitive environment than what he used to know in Germany, describing England as a higher level.
"The Premier League is really intense, it requires you to be a step above the Bundesliga. [It is] because there are more teams, two cup competitions - with replays, or two-legged semi finals in the League Cup," Klopp explained to German outlet Sport1.
"The teams that you're competing with for top positions don't just fight with cotton wool balls. They are well organised, financially, and have great levels of quality in their squads," he added, emphasising just how hard it to be successful in the Premier League.
Liverpool currently sit third in the standings with less than five weeks of the 2016/17 campaign left to play. It puts them on course to return to the Champions League for only the second time since 2009, but with Manchester United and Arsenal still just in the hunt, the race isn't over.
"It is a difficult task and is highly dependent on ourselves," the boss said, also acknowledging that his team have dropped too many points in games against teams outside the top seven.
As for eventually ending a league title drought that is 27 years and counting, that remains the ultimate goal, one that Klopp does believe is possible if the whole club pulls in the same direction.
"We should not doubt ourselves and must work to ensure that at some point we manage it," he said. "I think we must believe in it and be convinced that the right people are working on it. A common approach makes [a league title] much more likely."
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