JÜRGEN Klopp is refusing to getting carried away about Liverpool’s chances this season, despite their flying start to the campaign.
The Reds have picked up 10 points from their first five league games, which included difficult away clashes at Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea, a 2-0 loss away to Burnley representing the one black mark on their record.
Klopp’s side have comfortably seen off Burton Albion and Derby County in the League Cup, leaving their current goal total at 19 in all competitions this season — courtesy of 10 different goal scorers.
“Nothing has happened until now. We’ve only played five league games plus two cup games,” said the manager.
“We need to find stability and create solutions for each situation. We are still working on that.
“We need to be ready for each game. There’s no time to look for excuses. We want to perform. We have the biggest expectation from ourselves.
“We don’t think: ‘Ah, we’ve got it’. Football is quite a simple game but it’s difficult to win.
“It’s not about celebrating ourselves but it’s better to have an optimistic mood than for everything to be in doubt. It’s up to us to use that.
“That’s how it is in football. We have to be ready for the next game. It’s not about the past.”
Klopp refused to acknowledge the criticism that has been levelled at his team, that they struggle to conquer the lesser teams, and was looking to manage expectations heading into the game.
He said: “When we can win against teams which people think are stronger than we are, why can’t a team which people think are weaker than us have the opportunity to win?
“I’m not saying Hull are a bus-parking team. You don’t win all these games five or six-nil.
“I would like to see everybody go with the right expectation for this game and not be disappointed if we miss a chance after 10 minutes.
“I think we all can improve, and by all I mean the coaches, manager, and the crowd because it is all about expectations.”
Midfielders Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum are set to return for the visit of Hull, while the manager faces a wait to see if striker Daniel Sturridge will be ready having only recently returned to full training from a knock he sustained in the 2-1 win over Chelsea.
Simon Mignolet is also expected to return, despite summer signing Loris Karius making his competitive debut and keeping a clean sheet against Derby on Tuesday.