Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not as chirpy since he arrived in England. He has seen his side win only 12 of the 29 games in charge and more often than not, the performance has been about par.
That is not something, Klopp is used to in his time with Borussia Dortmund. Ahead of his next game against Aston Villa, he spoke how it will take time to rebuild the squad at Anfield.
Klopp provided us with crucial injury update on Daniel Sturridge and said how the striker could return to first team at Villa Park. He even discussed the poor run of form Christian Benteke is going through but tagged it not as a serious issue.
We take a look at some of the best quotes from Jurgen Kloop’s Press Conference ahead of Aston Villa Clash this weekend.
Klopp on their opponents this weekend, Aston Villa
“You can say they have nothing to lose anymore, but there is another possible way to see it; that of course it is no coincidence they are where they are.
“You have to avoid a few things and use a few things, that’s how you prepare a game. It’s not for us to think about their target for the game, we have to think about our own target. The Premier League is always difficult so you don’t have to think about this.”
Klopp on Sturridge playing against Aston Villa
“He played about 70 minutes, he’s had normal recovery.
“We need to think about how he can manage minutes but he made a big step in the last week and I’ve made no final decisions about line-up. Until now, everything is like it should be.”
Klopp discussing his squad and injury concerns
“Having Coutinho and Origi back is very important.
“If you are interested in us then you see the situation in the squad is difficult in that a few players have had maybe too many games and others come back not in the best shape and need to come in.
“We have to manage their minutes. Especially Phil, because he played a little bit less. He trained normally and all are in a good way, which is good news.”
Klopp playing down Christian Benteke’s poor form
“I saw really good signs at West Ham in Benteke. This isn’t easiest period of his career. Getting the number of opportunities is a good sign, but it’s not too easy. It’s all in the public eye so you cannot hide yourself.
“I’ve talked to him of course and given him some advice as a human being and as a coach, and he is really trying to come back in the easy moment.”
Image credit: getty, Quotes credit: Sky Sports