Trainer Jürgen Klopp is aiming for a new start with Liverpool FC. In view of the current crisis in his team, the coach expressed himself combatively on Monday. “It’s clear we’re not hiding,” said Klopp the day before the FA Cup replay at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday (8:45 p.m. / DAZN). “Too often this season we haven’t reached our potential. We cannot turn back time, but we have to start all over again.”
He will set up “the best possible team” and make some changes, said Klopp: “The easiest thing would be to tell them that they have to spoon out the soup. But I have a responsibility, we will change things and need fresh legs.” Basically, according to Klopp, “we perform far too rarely at our level this season”. No secret is made of this internally. “We are very clear in our speech and we don’t hide ourselves,” emphasized the German, who is only ninth in the league with his team.
Klopp brings transfers into the conversation
On Saturday, Liverpool suffered a 3-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion, their second in a row in the Premier League. Klopp then spoke of a personal low point. The 55-year-old obviously doesn’t think about giving up. “These are football problems, you solve them with football,” he said. “Playing better than we played against Brighton shouldn’t be that difficult. This is the first step.”
The coach did not want to completely rule out the possibility that Liverpool FC could strengthen the transfer market again in winter. “We’re also looking around. We’re not stubborn,” he said. “If the solutions were out there, feasible and available, then of course players would buy.”
While Liverpool will continue to be without some professionals like Virgil van Dijk due to injury, others are set to make a comeback. James Milner is available again for the Reds in Wolverhampton. According to Klopp, it could be close for Darwin Núñez.
“It’s not the first time I’ve been in a situation like this. We have to focus on the basics,” said the 55-year-old: “Everything in football starts with a solid defense. We have to get that back and be more compact.”
The former Bundesliga coach now expects another tough task in the duel with the Wolves. In the first game on January 7, the favored Reds drew 2-2 in Liverpool, so it’s now a replay. “It’s going to be a long road against them. The Wolves played well for us and they won at the weekend.”