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Liverpool won’t use injuries as an excuse, says Klopp

Sat 05 December 2020 | 10:49

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the injury crisis at his team won’t change expectations from the club.

Liverpool

have suffered hard from injuries this season as the team holds second place in the Premier League table. The good news for Liverpool fans is that

Trent Alexander-Arnold

and

Naby Keita

have both returned to training on Friday and are available for the team’s Champions League match against Midtjylland on Wednesday. Despite having many injured players in his squad,

Jurgen Klopp

believes that these problems won’t change expectations from the club.

"Whoever is available, we are still Liverpool. That's how we see it. It means we want to win the game," the Liverpool manager told reporters.

"Actually, I think most of the people think we have to win the game. You can see that when you speak before a game, or after a game, people don't talk about [who is available] – he is not available, he is not available, yes, yes, no – nobody really would allow you to use such a situation as an excuse. And we don't, we don't.

"The situation is tough, 100 per cent, but we are at matchday – where are we, nine, 10 coming? Not sure. So, it feels quite long already but it's not even a third of the season.

"So, who cares who is where in the moment. We try to play football. We won some games, drew in others, lost one massively. So, that's the job."

Klopp has also spoken about the possibility of more injuries as the teams will face a tight schedule in upcoming weeks.

"This is not a season where you throw a target – at the start of the season – on the table and say we have to be here or there. Everybody tries to come through. Everybody. Some teams are obviously, so far, more lucky with injuries than others. That is the situation," he said.

"But I am pretty sure that it will level off over the season because it is just incredibly intense for the boys. The most intense period starts for all teams. So far it was massively intense for all the teams involved in European football.

"From now on, we play all three days. And all the teams will have to do that. So, some teams will realise now how tough it is. That's why we have still [got] to talk about the five subs, even though we didn't vote yesterday."


source: SportMob

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