Crystal Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic after helping his side to a comfortable victory over strugglers Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium:
"We are not far from it and the last few seasons we have been looking behind.
"The two goals come from us having possession and they punished us on the transition," Howe said. "It was a ruthless game for us today because I don't think we did much wrong."
The victory was Liverpool's 22nd successive Premier League win at Anfield, breaking the English top-flight record set by Shankly's team in 1972.
"The last five performances have been stronger and we've started to score goals and create chances from open play," said Howe.
"We're not where we want to be though, and it's going to be really tight and a big battle to get the points we need from now until the end of the season.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche, speaking to Match of the Day: "It was a strange kind of game. You saw the momentum change with us in the second half because the wind was that powerful. I know you're going to ask me about some interesting moments, but I felt we had good control after that.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "It was a tight game, a tough game. You wouldn't believe we were at the wrong end of the table early in the game. I was disappointed that we weren't able to recover after they equalised.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "The red card changed everything, we felt a little bit bit hard done by on that decision - Jeff [Jefferson Lerma] was incredibly unlucky as there were other challenges in the game that didn't get punished with a yellow card which were worse than that.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe speaking to Match of the Day: "Tough game, we battled and stuck to the game in the first half. It wasn't a great performance from either team before half-time but the goal sucked the life out of us and gave them a boost.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said his side have experienced "a really difficult run".
"We've been knocked quite a lot this season with the injuries and the run that we've had. We had players playing who were not 100% fit," he added.