Jurgen Klopp has publicly disagreed with a comment made by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Liverpool boss has responded to his defender’s claim that the consistency in performances needs to be addressed as they try to retain their Premier League title.
The Red had the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table to five points before taking on Newcastle on Wednesday, but the result was not a given.
As well as the comprehensive defeat away at Aston Villa, there have been draws against Brighton, Fulham and West Brom since November 28.
Alexander-Arnold told Premier League productions in relation to their attitude in the draw against West Brom: "That's something we'll be looking at and making sure that our mindset and mentality is right throughout the whole 90 minutes because it wasn't and we got punished for that.
"It's going to be a difficult game. There's never going to be an easy game in the Premier League, so we're not expecting that.
"But I think we know that if we're at 100 per cent then we have the confidence to go there and win – but only if we're at 100 per cent."
Before kick-off against Newcastle, Klopp said in response: “No, we have a lot of areas for improvement, that’s the truth.
“But I don’t look at it as an issue, because I saw all the games.
“Brighton was difficult, but we got a penalty against us really late, but it was a performance where you can win the game. It wasn’t our best games, but we could win it, so it was not a bad performance away from home.
“Everton the same, so two draws. City you can draw anyway, yes we lost at Aston Villa pretty high, and Fulham was not good, that’s true.
“But in between that we played at Crystal Palace that was really good.
“It’s not a concern, it’s just that we had some games we were much better and other games we were not so good and we have to be consistent if we want to stay in that group at the top of the table.
“We know that and that’s what we are working on.”
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