Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he is not planning to rebuild Liverpool’s squad despite a poor run of games since the beginning of this year. He stressed that the club’s target remains a top-four finish.
The club which is the reigning Premier League champions started the 2020-2021 season as the league table-toppers but steadily slid to the 6th spot on the league table with 40 points in 25 games.
So far this season, Jurgen Klopp and his boys have suffered 7 defeats and 7 draws. They have only enjoyed 11 victories which have kept them 5 points away from the top four.
One of the things that are blamed for the poor run of Liverpool this season is the incessant number of injured players. Some of the club’s top players like Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, and Fabinho are out with different degrees of injuries.
Besides the injury crisis at the club, another huge issue of concern is that the class of players that dominated European football in the 2018-2019 season are now aging.
For instance, some of Liverpool’s first eleven like Fabinho, Andy Robertson, Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Curtis Jones are 28-year-old and above which calls for concern. But Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think it is time to rebuild Liverpool’s squad.
“Rebuild? No. What is ‘rebuild’ exactly? Rebuild means 10 out, 10 in? Changes to which XI?” he said.
“I know what you mean but I don’t think it is time for a massive rebuild like how I understand it: six, seven out, running contracts but trying to get rid of them and bring in all the new faces.
“The squad of this year didn’t have the chance to play together one time really. I think it would make sense to have a look at that but on top of that, of course, little readjustments will happen.
“Reacting on the situation but planning at the same time for the future and all these kinds of things.
“I am not sure we can do that in the summer but that is what we will try.”
Liverpool’s next Premier League match is against Sheffield United. The match is scheduled to take place on Monday, at 20:15. A win in the league match could take Liverpool to the 5th spot if 5th placed Chelsea fail to win against Manchester United on Monday.