Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side can play their way out of a difficult run of form ahead of tomorrow’s visit to the capital.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference Klopp discussed his sides recent decline in form as well as providing team news and injury updates.
“Everyone is waiting for me to say it is the turning point.
We are in this moment. We will stay on track.”
Form Concerns and Injury Updates
The Reds have failed to win in the league since thrashing Crystal Palace 7-0 and have only registered two victories on the road so far this season.
However, their chances of victory in North London will be bolstered as the German confirmed Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson are likely to return.
“No (new) injuries. Hendo and Joel trained yesterday with the team fully. Like always we have to wait and see overnight but they trained.”
No further updates were provided on Diogo Jota or Naby Keita.
In the last league game, Burnley ended Klopp’s impressive home record, which came to an end after 68 games.
Now The Reds face a difficult run of fixtures including an away trip to an inform West Ham, Man City and Leicester.
Despite the tough games ahead Klopp insisted his number one priority is Jose Mourinho’s side:
“We play Spurs, nothing else. We don’t play other four. It’s tough enough only Spurs. Game by game. Difficult? Yes. All PL games the same. We will try and we’ll see.”
The Lillywhites cruised to victory in the FA Cup against Wycombe on Monday night and have been unbeaten this calendar year.
Jose Mourninho will look to rectify the late defeat at Anfield suffered in December, where he infamously stated “the better team lost”.
It was another example of Klopp’s men displaying the mentality that made them champions last season.
Since then the Reds form has dipped significantly, with losses to Burnley and Southampton as well as home draws to West Brom and Manchester United, but Klopp played down his teams rapid decline saying:
“In this world, we lose truth and faith too quick. Everything is great or the opposite. There are so many stages between. I see them trying and working as a team. It’s a complex game. Main reason I love this game, we can win games without being perfect.”
Defeat in London would see the Reds remain outside the coveted top four places in the league.
Still in the title race?
In desperate need of victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Klopp has vowed to still fight to regain the title.
“We are different [from last season]. Time changes, everything changes, new players in. People will say it’s worse but it’s not true, you cannot judge only for the short-term result.
We make decisions for the long-term so the club will benefit. We’ll give everything.”
“This club and team have the potential to fight for the title, so we will try and see.”
A Face From The Past
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 27, 2021
Klopp was also asked about his former colleague Thomas Tuchel.
The 47-year-old German has replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager at Stamford Bridge and replaced Klopp as manager of both Mainz and Dortmund.
While Klopp spoke jovially of Tuchel and praised his managerial ability highly, he also reminded the press how patient Liverpool’s board were with him after Abramovich jumped the gun of Lampard’s project after eighteen-months.
“How many coaches (have) Chelsea had in 15 years? You are successful or you are out. I have nothing to do with that. Plenty of times I was lucky with my clubs.
For Frank, everything will be fine. The football people saw it and say there’s a clear plan. He’s a young manager.”
“I am not sure I need to give (Tuchel) public advice. (I) Don’t have his English number. I was lucky with the clubs I was at. At Mainz, Dortmund and LFC the same. I got the time because owners thought we did the right stuff and knew it takes time.”