Liverpool midfielder James Milner has insisted that the squad is still learning from Jurgen Klopp and so they haven’t reached their full potential yet.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the England international revealed that he was delighted with the display and result in the 4-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday evening.
However, he is adamant that the players are still learning in training every day and are adapting to Klopp’s philosophy in terms of the way that he wants them to play.
While there were several examples over the weekend of the high pressing that the German tactician adopts, with City put under pressure immediately every time they had possession in defence, there are other instances where it hasn’t worked so well.
Klopp will undoubtedly be hoping that his players can find that consistency, while the fitness levels will naturally improve as they continue to execute his game-plan with high energy and commitment.
Nevertheless, given that he hasn’t had that much time to work with the players since arriving last month with two international breaks, he will relish the chance to help them improve over the Christmas period despite the games coming thick and fast.
Milner is confident that the team is responding well to the demands, although they still have some way to go before putting significant pressure on their rivals at the top of the Premier League table.
Liverpool remain six points adrift of both City and Arsenal who occupy third and fourth spot respectively, while they are eight points behind league leaders Leicester City.
It is unclear at this stage as to what Klopp believes is a realistic target for his side, although given their defeat at home to Crystal Palace prior to the international break, the former Dortmund boss is unlikely to be getting ahead of himself.
The Reds return to Europa League duty on Thursday night when they face Bordeaux, while Swansea City visit Anfield on Sunday.