The manager of Liverpool football club, Jurgen Klopp, has insisted that Liverpool are in a better position than other clubs in the Premier League in terms of “the potential and the power of the club”.
Hence, the German tactician insisted that if the reigning Premier League champions don’t make it into the top four at the end of this season, the club would not stay out of the competition for too long.
So far this season, Liverpool are in their worst form when compares to their form in the last four years. For instance, for the first time in almost a century, the club lost 5 successive matches at Anfield Stadium.
Earlier in the season, the manager of the club, Jurgen Klopp told the media that the priority of Liverpool was not to defend the title they won last season; the German tactician stressed that the club’s priority was to qualify for next season’s champions league.
As at the time he made this assertion, the situation at Liverpool was not as critical as it has become where Liverpool have managed just three wins in their last 10 games. It has been terrible for Liverpool that the club now occupies the 7th spot on the league table with 43 points in 27 games, four points away from 4th placed Chelsea.
In a pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool league match against Fulham scheduled for Sunday at 15:00, Jurgen Klopp expressed confidence in the current set-up of his squad, stressing that his team is ready to battle for whatever might come.
“This club will not be a regular out of the Champions League – this year is difficult, we know that, but the potential and the power of the club is a completely different one,” Klopp said.
“I do not know the team 10 years ago but we are ready for a battle in this era, and with the team, we have together.
“Seasons have momentum and we never really got it this year, that is true, but this club is in a really good position. In a difficult time obviously, but in a better position than other clubs, I would say.
“I obviously did not think about what happened in the past but what I can say nobody has to worry about the future of the club because it is in good hands and has a really good team together, and so that is obviously the basis for a good future.”
Despite how terrible the performance of Liverpool has been in the Premier League, the club is still doing very well in this season’s UEFA Champions League campaign. They defeated a German Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig 0-2 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Liverpool are expected to finish the job on March 10, 2021, when RB Leipzig visit the Premier League giants for the second leg of the encounter.
Jurgen Klopp is confident that there won’t be a mass exodus at Liverpool if the club doesn’t make top-four
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp is not afraid that some stars at Liverpool might leave the club if the club fails to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
He insisted that Liverpool’s players are loyal to the club and none of them are prioritizing Champions League football above their love for the club. The German coach said even new signees would not leave the club because of the failure of the club to make it to a Champions League spot.
Klopp said: “I know we have loyalty from the players. It is not a situation where a player in the squad says, ‘We are not in the Champions League so I have to leave’. That will not happen. I know them well enough to know that.”
“The club is in a different situation and it will not be an issue with new players, I can say that.
“We said it years back if a player does not want to come to us because we don’t play Champions League next season, then I don’t want him.
“And if a player wants to leave because we don’t play Champions League, then I don’t want him. It is not a personal thing, but it is always like this.
“You always need to find the right squad for the challenges you face. Then you go for it. It is nothing I worry about.”
"The most important thing is, and I said it last night and I cannot change that now overnight, the thing we have to improve is our decision-making in decisive moments."— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 5, 2021
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