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Klopp dreaming of flawless run as he aims to banish Liverpool's recent woe

By Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dreams of winning their 14 remaining league matches despite a current run of form which has failed to see them register a victory in 2017.

The Reds boss is enduring his worst spell of results since taking over in October 2015 - and their worst start to a calendar year in the league since 1954 when they were relegated - and admits he was angered by the first-half performance in last Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Hull.

But having made his feelings clear to his players after that reverse, Klopp is keen to put the past behind him, starting with today's visit of second-placed Tottenham.

"I am nearly nil-point-nil interested in what was," he said. "I am more interested in what will be and what we can do, and what results we can get and performances we can show.

"In my dreams we can win 14 games. I know how it sounds but I cannot change my dreams and that is what I am working for.

"After these 14 games it is another moment when we watch back and we use all these experiences and all the things we learned about each other, and then we will make decisions that will help us in the next season."

Nevertheless the defeat at Hull appears to have been a wake-up call for Klopp in terms of what he expects from the players.

In all the build-up, the German saw no indication his side were heading for such an insipid opening 45 minutes.

"I was not happy about the first half. I remember even in the second half I was angry about the first half," he added.

"There was no sign in the week this would happen. We had a more than a good game against Chelsea (drawing 1-1). We flew there, (had a) night in a hotel, everything was perfect and then we play this kind of football.

"You watch the game again and it was clear what was wrong. It is important we spoke about the important things for the players and that is what we did."

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