Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that had it not been for injuries his side would have already been tough for the Premier League title with Manchester City.
The German has suggested 2021 is not a “normal season” with his several key players injured for significant periods.
Liverpool have a defensive line consisting of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip who will likely miss the rest of the season.
The Reds, who won the Premier League title last season after 30 years, are currently in sixth place, 16 points behind City.
“We never thought of overtaking City. Or how can we become the best team in English football again, whatever that means, ”Klopp said.
“We just wanted to be the best version of ourselves. We have that chance again. If it’s good enough, it’s good enough. If another team is better, that’s how the sport works.
“We can’t do more than be the best version of ourselves and that’s what we’ll try again as a team.
“For that we need a little more luck, of course. A little more luck with the injuries and we can get closer.
“We all agree, and I’m sure Pep would say that in a normal season for both teams we wouldn’t be 16 points behind.
“But we are. That’s how it is. We accept it.”
The manager said the Reds were no longer concerned with chasing Manchester City out of Pep Guardiola but finding a way to finish in a good position in the table.
Liverpool suffered another terrible loss on Saturday when they lost 2-0 at home to neighbors Everton a week after falling 3-1 to Leicester City.
EPL: Klopp gives reason for Liverpool 16 points behind Man City, abandons title race