Jurgen Klopp insists ‘I don’t need a break’ as he dismisses burnout fears after death of his mother and Liverpool’s dismal slump – and boss vows to fans ‘nobody has to worry about me’ and ‘we will sort it’
- Liverpool have lost their last three Premier League games in dent to title bid
- They resume their Champions League campaign against RB Leipzig on Tuesday
- Manager Jurgen Klopp was installed as favourite in the manager sack race
- It’s been a difficult time for the German after the death of his mother Elisabeth
- But Klopp insists he is ‘full of energy’ and determined to rescue their season
- He dismissed any fears of burnout and vowed to build on positives in defeat
Jurgen Klopp insists he is ‘full of energy’ to address Liverpool’s current problems as they look to the Champions League to resurrect their season.
Having suffered three consecutive defeats in the Premier League to seriously damage hopes of retaining their title, Klopp was installed as the bookmakers’ favourites for the sack at the weekend.
Liverpool pick up their Champions League campaign with a trip to Budapest to play RB Leipzig on Tuesday night and Klopp has reiterated that ‘nobody needs to worry about me’ despite a difficult time that has also seen the death of his mother Elisabeth last month.
Jurgen Klopp says he is ‘full of energy’ and determined to sort out Liverpool’s recent problems as they prepare to face RB Leipzig in the Champions League last-16
A new large banner showing support appeared outside Anfield reading: ‘Jurgen Klopp YNWA’
Liverpool lost 3-1 at Leicester City on Saturday, their third consecutive leagued defeat
Fans showed their support for the German manager by leaving a ‘Jurgen Klopp YNWA [You’ll Never Walk Alone]’ banner outside Anfield this week as bookies moved him to the front of the Premier League sack race.
‘The banner is nice but not necessary. I don’t need special support at the moment,’ Klopp said.
‘I don’t need a break. The last thing I want to do is talk about private things but everyone knows we have had a tough time.
‘When I came here to the football club, I am 53, I worked in football for 30 years as a coach for 20 years, I can split things and switch off, I don’t carry things around.
‘If I am private, I am private but at the work place I am here. Nobody has to worry about me. The beard gets more and more grey, I don’t sleep a lot but I am full of energy.
Klopp’s mother Elisabeth passed away last month at the age of 81 with the Liverpool manager unable to attend her funeral in Germany because of Covid-19 travel restrictions
Klopp looks frustrated on the sidelines as Liverpool went down 3-1 to Leicester on Saturday
Premier League unless stated
Tuesday RB Leipzig
Champions League last-16
Saturday Everton (H)
February 28 Sheffield United (A)
March 6 Fulham (H)
March 10 RB Leipzig (H)
Champions League last-16
March 13 Wolves (A)
‘The situation is a challenge. I don’t want the situation but I see it as an interesting challenge. We will sort it.
‘We will sort it by playing football, by sticking even more together, by learning more than we have learned in every season before.’
He added: ‘A lot of people are obviously not happy with the results and I am responsible for that 100 per cent but we still played some pretty good stuff.
‘You can forget that, we cannot. That is the style to change things. Massive challenge, I am ready, the boys are ready and we will give absolutely everything.
‘Thanks for the support but they can think about other things because nobody has to worry about me.’
Sending a message to Liverpool fans with Covid-19 continuing to keep them from attending matches, Klopp said: ‘We do it for our people. I’d prefer to fight this fight with our people in the stadium so we can show real unity and togetherness. We fight together still but in different places.’
The Liverpool manager confirmed that midfielder Naby Keita isn’t quite fit enough to face his former club in Budapest but is in training.
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