He said: “With the games they’ve got coming up, it’ll be very difficult. But if they can pick up some decent points in them, they’ll feel they’ve come away from some tough games with some decent points. Its gonna be tough for them, but they’ll feel they can be up there come the end of the season, in the top four.”
Houghton is certainly not writing off Liverpool’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League this term, although he has highlighted the worry of the next run of fixtures that the Reds have to face.
They need to star picking up points soon if they are to stay within the hunt at the top of the table, but Klopp has to face Southampton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Manchester City in their next four league games.
These are games which could all theoretically end in defeats, as Klopp looks to establish his style on Liverpool, and it would leave the Merseyside club too far off the top of the table to catch up.
The Reds are currently four points off fourth placed West Ham, and Klopp has come in to replace Brendan Rodgers who looked to be making the side worse.
The German boss has his work cut out to improve his team, and this season may be too soon for Klopp to realistically get Liverpool challenging for the top four once again.