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Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool fans that he is not David Copperfield and that turning around the teams' fortunes will take time.
The German has experienced a mixed time since replacing Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield dugout, catching the eye with spectacular results in initially, including big wins over Manchester City, Chelsea and Southampton.
However, results have tailed off and the Merseysiders now sit in ninth place in the Premier League table, well out of Champions League contention.
“I think everyone knows there would have been a few easier jobs but I am not this kind of guy,” said Klopp. “I was always ready for the right job in the right situation where you can make a difference. To change things you need time. Liverpool is not in the most easy moment but I am not surprised. We could have had six points more, no problem. It is not too far away. That is how football is.
“A few things hadn’t worked – otherwise they would not have changed the manager – then you have an international break, injuries, re-injuries, and because of this other players are having to play. I am not David Copperfield. It is not about making things change and everything is OK. It is about work. I feel completely in the right place. I feel good, I like to work and I am still learning about everything.
“Of course I am disappointed with a few results and performances but I am positive and surprised by a few other performances. The players have shown me what is possible, sometimes for the team, sometimes for the individual.
“If it was easy, everyone could do it. That is clear. I never chose my jobs. The first job they gave me at Mainz because it was better than having me as a player! I am strong enough to handle pressure for a lot of people around me. I am not in doubt about my qualities as a manager. I know about the game and the importance of working together. That’s it.
“Nobody wants to hear this. Everyone just wants to have results. That is no problem. We are not in a perfect position but we are in a good way. I have no problem getting a few knocks and having a few beautiful moments along the way. We are preparing for the future.”