Saturday, January 23, 2021

Klopp optimistic about Liverpool’s chances despite injuries

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by a determined West Ham United side at the London Stadium on Monday night

The Reds could have gone 5 points clear off defending champions Manchester City, who play Everton on Wednesday night. Sadio Mane handed the visitors a 22 minute lead when he turned and finished accurately inside the box. However, Liverpool were briefly in the driving seat as a clever freekick routine saw the hosts level things up via Michail Antonio.

As things stand, Liverpool are on 62 points after 25 games, whereas the Cityzens are second with 59. Manchester city will have a chance to claim the top spot from Liverpool (on goal difference) for the first time since December, if they are to able to win their game against Everton tomorrow night.

At the moment, Liverpool are struggling with injuries to key players and that has really costed them as they have dropped 4 points in their last 2 games. However, despite these problems, Jurgen Klopp is confident that his side will come out strong from this tough spell,

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“Yes, I’m confident about that,” Klopp told a news conference when asked if he feels Liverpool will not crack. “I think since five, six, seven, eight weeks we talk about a two-horse race now and Tottenham came from behind.”

“They had a very difficult situation and deal with it brilliantly, I have to say, all credit to Pochettino and his team how they did it, winning games late with a lot of injury problems as well. For me, they are 100 per cent in the race. So that’s the situation.”

“If you want to be top of the table at the end of the season then you have to deal with much tougher situations than we had today, that’s the truth. Of course you need players fit and available, that helps a bit.”

“Our midfield players tonight apart from Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] would have been 18 and 18 years old – brilliant boys and if needed we would have played them tonight but that’s not perfect. We have to fight. It’s not about pressure, it’s about enjoying the situation you are in.”

Author’s take

Klopp will be hoping that his players start returning from injuries at the earliest as the Champions league draw against Bayern looms large.

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