Tuesday 24 April 2018

Jurgen Klopp pinpoints the big burden that piles pressure onto his Liverpool players

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is smiling again after Saturday's win against Huddersfield. Photo: Reuters
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is smiling again after Saturday's win against Huddersfield. Photo: Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested his players should not be compared to the club's great side's of yesteryear, after claiming the weight of expectation could have a negative impact on his team.

Speaking after Saturday's 3-0 win against Huddersfield, Klopp suggested Liverpool's glorious past is not helping his ambitions to add fresh chapters of success to the club's history.

"The problem is that here the moment things don't work out, we get compared with the past," said Klopp. "It's a problem.

"Immediately, what you said before the season is immediately the truth: we need to fix the defence etc. Yeah, but it's the middle of the season. We can only fix it on the training pitch."

Klopp went on to admit Liverpool have fallen below his own expectations this season, as he insisted he was still confident of ending the club's enduring wait for a 19th English league title.

"Do I still think it's possible at the top (of the table)," asked the German "Yes, 100-per-cent, but I know too it takes time. The boys are good enough."

Meanwhile, Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge suggested Liverpool now have to go on a winning win to get back into the mix for a top four finishing the Premier League, as he insisted Klopp's hope of getting back into the title race this season are long gone.

"They now need to try and build up some momentum again and their next two games against West Ham and Southampton will give them a chance to do that, but don’t kid yourself into believing all the problems were not solved in one afternoon," states Aldridge.

"Klopp has finally got to the end of what has arguably been his most difficult week as Liverpool manager, with some supporters questioning him openly for the first time and the media having a field day picking him apart.

"He needed to make some big decisions yesterday and by naming Dejan Lovren in his team to start the match, he showed faith in the player who simply had to be taken off against Spurs due to his frightening incompetence.

"The Liverpool boss also stood by keeper Simon Mignolet and Alberto Moreno, despite both getting hammered in the media, in what will be viewed as a bold display of confidence in players who let him down so badly a week ago.

"Would I have named that team after what we saw at Wembley? Possibly not, but managers have their beliefs in players and have to stand by them when things go against them at times.

"The main point on Saturday was to win after what happened against Spurs. They managed to do that and now it has to be win after win to get the season back on track."

Read John Aldridge in the Sunday World newspaper every week.

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