Klopp calls for change at Liverpool after UCL humbling
Liverpool should “change things” to be able to discover stability and consistency within the midst of a making an attempt season, coach Jurgen Klopp stated forward of their Premier League sport at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Klopp’s aspect are eighth within the Premier League desk on 35 factors, and have been eradicated from the Carabao Cup and FA Cup after a season blighted by poor kind and accidents.
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Following a foul run of outcomes, the Merseyside membership had raised spirits at Anfield with 2-0 league wins over Everton and Newcastle United, however Klopp stated their crushing 5-2 defeat by Real Madrid within the Champions League has proven there’s nonetheless work to do.
“Conceding five in the Champions League is not acceptable but it happened anyway,” Klopp stated at a information convention on Friday.
“We have to change things. The first half [against Madrid] was really good; the second half was the worst start. A lot of things are back but not stable yet.
“We want to seek out some consistency in the way in which we play. It can’t be all about feelings … We simply have to begin believing in ourselves once more and convey our high quality on the pitch.”
Liverpool have some cause for optimism as they look to get back to winning ways against Palace as they have won their last seven league games at Selhurst Park by an aggregate score of 22-6.
Klopp said he was aware of his side’s record at the ground, but warned against complacency, saying: “They are powerful video games with an important ambiance. Palace are a very cool membership in a very cool stadium.”
He also provided a fitness update on Ibrahima Konate, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Virgil van Dijk, after each have struggled with lengthy injury layoffs in recent weeks.
“Ibou is close to however he had [only] two periods after a protracted harm. We can see that the boys aren’t at their greatest. We are usually not certain all of the boys can play but after Madrid due to knocks,” Klopp said.
“We wish to make modifications and we are going to make modifications, however when gamers come again from lengthy accidents, it takes time. We have this example now with Bobby [Firmino] and Diogo [Jota], we will see it with Virgil as effectively.
“Everybody expects Virgil is like a robot, but he played the most games last year, played the World Cup, played every game for his country, came back, from the first second played for us, got injured, comes back [and] plays, plays, plays.”