Thursday 17 October 2019

'It was really the result I expected' - Jurgen Klopp remaining 'calm' after seeing Liverpool drop to second

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he was "calm" after watching Manchester City beat rivals Manchester United to return to the top of the Premier League table.

Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and substitute Leroy Sane on Wednesday night saw City move one point clear of Klopp's Reds with three matches remaining.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Liverpool's clash with Huddersfield on Friday night, Klopp said he had expected the result.

He said: "It was really the result I expected.

"Manchester United tried whatever they can but over 90 minutes it was clear they couldn't withstand City.

"I was calm."

Klopp also confirmed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dejan Lovren both trained ahead of Friday's clash but midfielders Fabinho and Adam Lallana face late fitness tests.

He said: "Dejan trained yesterday, Oxlade-Chamberlain trained.

"We have to see on the others."

In relation to Mo Salah spending the early part of the week in New York for Tuesday's Time 100 Gala, Klopp said the long journey was not a problem and expressed his pride at Salah's off-field work.

"Travel is no problem," he added.

"I'm very proud of that. He's very influential in his role and hopefully inspired people on one side to think other things.

"It should not be his first job obviously, but it's important that he has an opinion and that he makes his opinion public.

"I was completely fine, we always say football is not the most important thing in the world, but when you can prove it, you have to be there."

"Travelling these days is no problem any more. It would be more of a problem if his car broke and he had to walk from here," he continued.

"He missed one session. Today he is in training and everything is fine again.

"I saw a few pictures, and he looked brilliant in his tuxedo. Wow. He met a lot of famous people. Mrs Targaryen (Game of Thrones actor Emilia Clarke), eh? She was there as well.

"If he'd have asked me maybe I would have joined him. It was very interesting and now he's back, it's all fine.

"We always say football is not the most important thing in the world."

Provisional squad: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Mignolet, Lovren, Moreno, Gomez, Milner, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi.

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