Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp insists he’s “filled with power” and doesn’t want a break from soccer regardless of a tough interval on and off the pitch.
Klopp led Liverpool to their first Premier League title final season however believes the champions’ hopes of retaining the trophy are over after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Leicester.
Liverpool have misplaced three consecutive league matches for the primary time since November 2014 and are 13 factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis, who’ve a sport in hand.
Some experiences on social media claimed Klopp might stroll away from the membership after the Leicester defeat, however the 53-year-old – whose mom Elisabeth lately handed away aged 81 – dismissed the suggestion he may resign.
“I do not want a break,” he mentioned. “Look, the very last thing I wish to do is to speak about personal issues in a press convention, however all people is aware of privately we had a troublesome time – that was not solely over three weeks, it was for a for much longer time and we at all times take care of it as a household.
“I’ve labored in soccer for 30 years and as a coach for 20 years. I can break up issues and swap off. I do not carry issues round. If I am personal, I am personal, if I am soccer and in my office, then I am right here.
“In fact, we’re influenced by issues that occur round us however no one has to fret about me. I may not seem like this as a result of the climate’s not good, my beard will get increasingly gray, sure I do not sleep loads, however I am filled with power. The state of affairs’s a problem. I see it as an attention-grabbing problem.”
Klopp changed Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool boss in 2015 and signed a contract extension till 2024 in December 2019, six months after profitable the Champions League.
Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years quickly adopted however Klopp’s aspect now have 30 fewer factors than they did on the identical stage final season – the largest drop by any reigning champions in top-flight historical past – following a run of two wins of their earlier 10 Premier League video games.
Klopp added: “We are going to clear up this problem by taking part in soccer and combating with all we now have. That is the plan we now have.
“Lots of people are clearly not proud of the outcomes, I get that and I am accountable for that, however we now have nonetheless performed some fairly great things. You (the media) can overlook that, however we can not as a result of that is the beginning of fixing [our fortunes].
“It is a large problem. I am prepared, the boys are prepared and we’ll give completely all the pieces to resolve this. I am very grateful for all of the help, however no one has to fret about me.”
Klopp: Keita coaching however not prepared
Liverpool face RB Leipzig within the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday in Budapest on account of coronavirus restrictions in Germany.
Klopp will once more be with out a number of first-team gamers on account of damage however midfielder Naby Keita – though not accessible to face his former membership – has returned to coaching having been sidelined since December.
“Naby is now not injured however he is not match but,” Klopp mentioned. “He was in coaching yesterday nevertheless it’s not ample but. We might be away for 2 days and he might be in coaching; it is higher than flying with us. In fact, Naby would have appreciated to be there when it is towards Leipzig.
“He has had some very nice spells however clearly it’s important to say he has had too many accidents as effectively, which hasn’t helped loads, however he has performed some actually nice video games for us and scored essential targets. He contributed to our success final 12 months; he was at all times concerned regardless of the accidents.
“These had been unlucky moments once you take a look at his accidents, it was simply minor issues that [ruled] him out from the crew. However he has obtained a superb perspective and is a good participant.
“By way of accidents, all of us must undergo these difficulties and as soon as that is behind you, we’ll have one other completely nice participant.”
Liverpool play RB Leipzig within the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday earlier than internet hosting Merseyside rivals Everton within the Premier League on Saturday, dwell on Sky Sports activities from 5pm; kick-off 5.30pm.