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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool's standards have slipped

Jurgen Klopp admits that Liverpool's standards have slipped recently.

The Reds remain at the top of the Premier League table but are only ahead of Manchester United on goal difference after winning just two of their past six matches. Klopp accepts that his team are in a bad run of form but insists that Liverpool's performances haven't been awful.

He said: "We were not waiting for [this run of form] and we do not enjoy it, but it's not unlikely that these kinds of things happen.

"I think we only won two of the last six – that's not the standard we expect from ourselves, obviously.

"So, we don't take it easy, but we still see what we can improve, what we have to improve, and don't think everything was bad in the last few weeks.

"The league is too strong, and if you struggle a little bit, immediately the results go the other way because the opponents are fighting with everything they had. You saw that against Southampton [a 1-0 defeat on Monday]."

Klopp's side now face Aston Villa - who will be fielding a team of young players after an outbreak of COVID-19 in their first-team squad - in the FA Cup and the German coach is looking to improve his underwhelming record in the competition.

He told reporters: "It's important. It's the FA Cup. We didn't go far so far in this competition.

"I didn't think we were blessed so far with sensational draws so far and now we go to Aston Villa, which is a tough one as well.

"We always took it very seriously and will do this time as well, but we cannot forget the intensity of the period we are in and all these kinds of things."

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