Top Ten Target

Mark Hughes

MARK HUGHES believes it is only a matter of time before his side establish themselves as a top ten outfit, ahead of Wednesday night’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at the bet365 Stadium.

The Potters welcome Jurgen Klopp’s side to North Staffordshire and will be looking to claim their first three points since last month’s impressive victory at Watford.

Liverpool remain without Nathaniel Clyne who has a long-term back problem, whilst Klopp could be without influential defender Joel Matip.

Nevertheless, the Welshman acknowledged several positives from City’s previous two fixtures, and believes wins will build a sense of positivity around the club.

“I really don’t think we are too away from establishing ourselves in the top half of the league. Once we get there then we will stay there,” said the Welshman.

“The only way we can quieten people down who are a little bit negative and anxious, which is what the Premier league does to people, is to pick up positive results.

“You have to be careful that whenever you lose a lead, or a potential opportunity to win the game, then emotion can cloud your actual perception of the game itself.”

He added: “On the day [against Crystal Palace] I thought it was an OK performance, but clearly goals shape people’s perception of the game, and consequently we need to cut those poor goals out.

“We don’t have any major issues, not in my view anyway, for the most part we are performing well enough to get positive results.

“Unfortunately we fell at the final hurdle. We aren’t devastated though - we will turn it around.

“It seems to have been quite negative since the start of the season, and the only way we can do that is by winning.”

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