April 13, 2024

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has been speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Fulham, and has sent his players a warning ahead of a busy period.

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With Liverpool in action last night in the Europa League, Jürgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference ahead of Fulham on Sunday was a pre-recorded affair. Here’s what he had to say after his side secured its passage to the knockout stages with a 4-0 win over LASK.

What’s happened?

 

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has warned his players they will need to be ready for the ‘most intense period’ of the season. As we move into December, the Reds are scheduled to be playing twice a week for the foreseeable future.

 

With the press conference pre-recorded due to the tight turnaround between games, there is no new update on any of Liverpool’s injured players, with Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota already out after picking up knocks against Manchester City. Klopp admitted ‘nothing [has] changed’ when asked about Thiago Alcântara.

 

“This is the most intense period in world football coming up now, that’s how it is, for all the teams. So they will all play,” Klopp said. “We have already Diogo [Jota] not in [through injury] so that is not helpful and so we have to share these minutes with different players.

“They have to perform, not always 90 but 60/70 and full throttle, that’s how it is. Darwin is in a top moment and that didn’t change. Super important for us and that he didn’t start tonight has nothing to do with anything else. Now Cody scored twice, fantastic, does that mean he has to play the next five games in a row?

“Other players score as well, it’s not about that, and Cody doesn’t expect that. They have to score, that’s the job, that’s what they want, but it’s not that I now have sleepless nights and don’t know how to start. It’s not that much a choice, to be honest.”

 

Klopp added: “I am not sure we can rotate all the time, I don’t know, it depends on who is available. Tonight we could do it, that’s why we did it. When you lose in Toulouse, people tell you too it’s too many changes, no rhythm.

“I’d think it myself if I saw the game, is it the right decision? The problem is it’s already done. We have to do it as long as we can but I don’t know if we can do it. You saw Newcastle playing in the Champions League with two goalies and three kids on the bench and a center-half. That is really tough.

“We have to make sure we have as many available as much as you can have influence on it, which we don’t have really. We watch it, take what we get, and go from there. As I said, the toughest period in world football is coming up and it’s a good start tonight, now let’s keep going.”

What does it mean?

It’s a good thing Liverpool secured top spot and won’t have to play those two extra games in the Europa League. Games are set to come thick and fast now as we move into the festive period, and with a title challenge potentially in the works, every game will be crucial.

The opportunities to rotate will not be as common, although we might get an indicator of just how strong this squad is now. No doubt Klopp will need to make changes here and there over these next few weeks, and it’s up to his players to respond to the challenge.

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