Sunday 22 April 2018

Klopp: 'We will try everything to build on base of this season'

Klopp's team could still finish sixth with two victories. Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images
Klopp's team could still finish sixth with two victories. Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Chris Bascombe

Jurgen Klopp heads into his 50th game as Liverpool manager tonight convinced he has the perfect base to challenge at the top of the Premier League next season.

It has taken Klopp a mere 217 days to reach the half-century. That is 34 days fewer than the previous quickest to get to that mark for the club, Joe Fagan, in the 1983-'84 season. It is a reflection of how hectic life has been since the German took over from Brendan Rodgers in October.

"For 50 games you usually need one-and-a-half seasons and we still have a job to do in this one. What you have to do keeps you awake," said Klopp. "It's been intense but fun, too. Everything is new, which is always interesting, and time goes by like I can't believe. I will have no problem going on holiday but I also look forward to the next three games."

Liverpool and Chelsea find themselves in an inauspicious position ahead of their Anfield meeting, well below their expectations. Klopp's team could still finish sixth with two victories and he will pick his strongest side for the visit of Chelsea.

"I'm not too interested in when Chelsea can next win the title and I have no idea when we can but I promise we will try everything to build on the base of this season," said Klopp.

"We can get sixth position. It isn't the biggest success in the history of Liverpool, but everyone interested in Liverpool can see the good signs and we will build on it. We have to improve and I am sure we will. I'm really looking forward to next season, to pre-season, but this season we are still looking for what we can get. We had a few changes in the last game and most of those who play will be in good physical shape after a normal week. It is all the time like this. I've learnt to rotate, and we will be ready 100 per cent for the [Europa League] final. I would prefer if Thursday next week we have won two games against Chelsea and West Brom and we are heading back to Liverpool with the cup.

"That would be all we want but it doesn't work like this."

Klopp has confirmed that striker Divock Origi is making rapid progress in his attempt to recover from an ankle injury to be fit for the final. "He is passing and running. He is in a better way than we thought the day after the injury," said Klopp.

The manager's plans for next season are already well advanced, with a few signings already confirmed and a list of potential transfer targets. "We work the whole day and of course we work on the squad for next year," said Klopp. "Of course we think about transfers, we think about everything." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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