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Liverpool still on course to hit this season’s REAL target of a top four finish insists legend Rush

Date Posted,March 27, 2017

Jurgen Klopp was offering a defence of Pep Guardiola, but it could equally have been a ­comment on his own ­troubled Anfield season.

“It is a big difference ­coming here, the most ­difficult league in the world.

“A lot of teams have a lot of money and a lot of teams have a lot of good players and that is the one thing which makes it really difficult to ­become champions in England.”

He was speaking before the 1-1 draw at Manchester City — a football spectacular that showed everything right about Klopp’s Liverpool team… but the weaknesses too that have undermined their 2016-17 campaign.

Already, there have been questions asked about the popular German manager barely 17 months into his ­Anfield reign, with many critics wondering if his Gagenpresse style is too demanding for the Premier League, and more asking if he has a Plan B.

Liverpool’s game at Man City before the international break was thrilling — and alarming (Photo: Getty)

Yet victory over derby rivals Everton at the weekend will establish them firmly on course for a Champions League place, and for many of his supporters, that is evidence enough the German coach is on track.

One of his biggest fans is Kop legend Ian Rush, and for the Welshman, too many critics have been blinded by the promise of a title challenge that petered out over the New Year period.

“People got carried away with the title when they were playing well,” he said after appearing at Anfield himself last weekend in a Legends game raising funds for the Liverpool Foundation. “It was always about the top four this season, that has always been the priority.

“I think if they can get a win against Everton then it’s still very much on to finish in the top four – and I think that will be a success this season if they can get it.

“People were disappointed, because they were challenging in December. Now they are not going to win a trophy, but they have to be realistic. Going from seventh to the top four was the aim this time around, and for me there is no better man than Jurgen Klopp to do that job.

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