What Jurgen Klopp needs to do for Liverpool to close the gap to the top sides

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Liverpool have a decent record against the top four this season, so their problems seem to lie in games when they should be beating 'run of the mill' sides.

Next season already feels like a big one for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. He will have had something of a pre-season to work with the squad, bring in a selection of his own players and mould a squad more in his image. 

His task will be to close the gap to the top as much as possible. Currently that stands at 24 points with league leaders Leicester City having played two games more.

Sides at the top often get their record compared to other top teams, usually the graphic that you'll see featured on Sky Sports will be the top-four mini-league.

Liverpool's record having played all eight games against them?

Won three, drawn four, lost one - collecting 13 points in the process. It's not bad, it shows the side are competitive against the best in the league, and the side has grounds to be disappointed that two of those draws - home games against Arsenal and Tottenham weren't turned into wins.

But there are so many games that Liverpool ought not to have dropped points, or lost - having a record of losing just one from eight games against the top four is all well and good, but it's rendered useless unless you win the games you should win. 

Surrendering leads to Southampton and Sunderland is part of that, abject displays like Watford and Newcastle away - one side newly promoted and the other has been in turmoil all season as they battle to avoid the drop, or surrendering a lead like they did to West Bromwich Albion this season because of errors of their own making. 

While there are going to be odd surprise results, some have the poorer ones have occurred too often to be surprises. Liverpool need to learn how to beat sides that reside in the bottom half with a degree of ease in order to get themselves competing regularly towards the top end of the table once again.  

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