Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool are in good shape for series of ‘finals’ ahead

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool are well-equipped and well-prepared for the series of “finals” that will define their season.

The Liverpool manager takes charge of his 100th Premier League game on Saturday at Crystal Palace where victory, coupled with a Tottenham win over Chelsea on Sunday, would establish a 10-point lead over the champions in the race for a Champions League place. Liverpool then face Manchester City in a Champions League quarter-final, either side of a Merseyside derby, and Klopp has called on his team to approach every game with an all-or-nothing mentality.

“We have only finals from now on, for both sides pretty much,” Klopp said. “We play Palace and OK, maybe not the final but unbelievably important for both sides. City, Everton, unbelievably important because it’s a derby. As we have said before, you create the basis for the finish and the final third of the season. We are in a good position and we have to use it.”

A reduction in serious injuries compared with last season has allowed Klopp to rotate consistently and that, he believes, can pay dividends in the pursuit of the Champions League plus a top-four finish.

© press association Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool are well-equipped and well-prepared for the series of “finals” that will define their season.The manager said: “In a Premier League season you cannot train hard. It is not possible. There are constantly games that you have to prepare for. You don’t prepare games like the late 80s any more when you let the players vomit on the pitch. We didn’t play more intensive football [this season] but now we had the opportunity to change and rotate and so we did it. We need all the players for both competitions because we are really ambitious. The boys look good at the moment but that is the job, that we bring them to this situation as fresh as possible.”

One exception is Joe Gomez who will be absent for three to four weeks with the ankle injury suffered on international duty. His loss, however, is offset by Nathaniel Clyne’s recovery from the back problem that has sidelined the right-back since July.

“There is no fear about bringing him back but he does not have the rhythm,” Klopp said. “We tried to give him as many games as possible after a long, long time out. I think he’s had three games now. It’s not perfect but it’s better than no game. You can see in training that everything is there again. We will use him for sure.”


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