Klopp doesn't care about Christmas number one spot for Liverpool

Klopp doesn't care about Christmas number one spot for Liverpool

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!


LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Jurgen Klopp says he does not care about being top of the Premier League at Christmas as he prepares his Liverpool team for a hectic few weeks.

Liverpool, who finished a single point behind champions Manchester City last season, travel to Bournemouth today with an eight-point lead over Leicester. City are a further three points adrift.

A win on the south coast would mean Liverpool cannot be caught before December 25.

Only three times in the past 11 years has the top-placed team at Christmas failed to go on to win the title — and on every occasion it was Liverpool, including last year.

Klopp, targeting Liverpool's first English top-flight title for 30 years, said he was not interested in such numbers.

“There are a lot of people who celebrate already, a lot of people who worry still and a lot of people who hope that we will still fail so that's it,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“I don't listen to [any] of them, to be honest. So, I'm completely fine. We want to try and win at Bournemouth.

“What that means for Christmas, I never thought about. So it's not really interesting. We know that we are in a really, really difficult situation with the games coming up.

“We know that, but we accepted that long ago. But now we have to deal with it and we are really positive in this moment, but we need to be lucky with the players that they stay fit and healthy.”

The European champions face 10 matches between Saturday's game at Bournemouth and their FA Cup tie against Everton on January 5, including two within 24 hours in the League Cup and Club World Cup, for which Liverpool will use two squads.

Klopp's much-changed team coasted to a 5-2 win over Everton at Anfield on Wednesday, with rarely used Belgian striker Divock Origi scoring twice and Xherdan Shaqiri once to underline the depth of resources at the German manager's disposal.

“Very often we used three other players up front, but Div was always so important for us, and it's really nice that he can show his importance as well in a game like this,” he said.

The Liverpool manager was asked whether he would follow a similar template to last December, when he made multiple changes to cope with a busy calendar.

He said: “It was not a plan last year to make 30 changes... but it's a time where you have to make changes, that's clear. It's not a specific number. It's just the need of the situation and that's what we will do, 100 per cent.

“I know when you are a football supporter then you want to play in your mind the best 11 all the time, but it's not Fifa or PlayStation where they don't need a rest.”


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT