Klopp Talk: ‘We just have to keep going’
Liverpool Football Club had not played a league game for a month, ending their campaign during that long spell with a disappointing 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby. They came back against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday with another, albeit more entertaining, draw.
Going from 2-0 to 3-2 and eventually finishing the game at 3-3, the Reds lost two more crucial points in the league. Right now, it looks like they might have a tough road just to make the top four this season. All the points dropped look hugely significant as they already languish in ninth place after the opening seven games.
Jürgen Klopp, when asked about his side’s struggles so far, compared the current situation to the dire situation Liverpool faced two years ago.
“Yes, we have to improve,” Klopp said. “We have to play better, always better; defend better, attack better, pretty much everything. It’s like that. I don’t want to talk too much about it but that’s really how it is – just two years ago we had a very similar situation for different reasons where we lost our full defence, our centre-halves, pretty much all of them, and had to find solutions.
“We completely lost our game, no one could recognize [us] plus, we just wore the same shirts. But couldn’t react as fast as people might like. But we found a way out because we worked on it and that’s what we will do this time.
Two years ago, Liverpool endured a truly miserable winter in order to regain a Champions League place on the final day. This time, the crisis hit much earlier, which could mean they have more time to recover. It could also mean they have more time to waste if they can’t. However, the lingering question mark of this season for everyone is that the World Cup will take place right during what would usually be the busiest point of the season.
Which players will return injured, exhausted or in broken spirits? Impossible to know now. This makes it difficult to judge exactly how bad this start will be for Liverpool’s season.