Klopp urges Liverpool's fringe players to step up amid rough form
After their 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, Klopp criticized his players. Still on the hunt for Champions League qualification, Klopp opens the door for the club's fringe players.
Liverpool is in eighth place in the table, eight points behind the fourth-placed team Tottenham after a 4-1 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday. They also are out of the EFL Cup, FA Cup, and Champions League. Ahead of their Tuesday clash with Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool's fringe players can use the chance and step up.
"We have opportunities to change, and we have to change,"
he told Sky Sports News.
"We cannot just close our eyes and say 'the same again and again'.
"We have to change, and now the door is miles open for everybody to get into the team because there's only two or three who have their spot safe.
"The boys know, that's one thing I told them. We have to fight through this, that's the only way.
"You cannot play a little bit of here and there, or play with a backheel five times in a row and [hope] something will happen.
"You have to really open your eyes, put everything straight and go. That's what we will do."
After their Saturday defeat to Man City, the German coach openly criticized his players. However, he's unconcerned that his words harm their morale.
"The players feel very responsible for everything, so there's not one player in the dressing room who doesn't care,"
"We were underperforming in almost every other position and that doesn't help. None of the performances were great, and you cannot play like that against City.
"You cannot play like that in the Premier League. The next opponent requires everything we have to offer and that's what we prepare for."
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