Jurgen Klopp insists going a full season unbeaten would not be possible for Liverpool, especially if they play as they did in the last-gasp win at Aston Villa.
Sadio Mane’s stoppage-time winner arrived after Andy Robertson’s 87th-minute leveller to beat Villa 2-1 and maintain Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League record – which stretches back to January.
Liverpool remain six points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of next Sunday’s mammoth clash with Manchester City at Anfield. Pep Guardiola’s side also avoided an upset against Southampton, coming from behind to win 2-1.
Asked whether Liverpool could go an entire season unbeaten, having reached 28, Klopp said it is not possible, especially if they play like they did in the early stages on Saturday.
He told Sky Sports: “It is not possible if you play like we did until we conceded the goal. It was not bad, it was actually the opposite, it was good football, but it was not the winning mentality we need.
“It is probably not possible, but we don’t think about it to be honest. We think about how we can win the next game and the next game.”
Klopp insisted Liverpool must learn from their narrow escape, having fought back to win 10 points from losing positions this season.
“We still have to learn and improve and sometimes you have to get knocks and we got knocks. For little mistakes we got knocks but in the moment we could sort it.
“It’s not that we didn’t deserve to win, I’m fine with the performance but there were moments I didn’t like.
“We made it difficult for ourselves. We started playing football well but not exactly how we should have. Aston Villa were ready for a proper fight and a proper battle. We conceded a goal and it’s not so easy to change this wrong path immediately.
“When you watch the game one team deserved to win and it’s us. I can imagine how bad Aston Villa will feel, with all they did they will have deserved something.”