Liverpool FC – Jürgen Klopp discusses Man City’s Cup tie, squad decisions and World Cup impact
Klopp was also quizzed on whether he considers it advantageous not to have as many players traveling to the tournament as some of Liverpool’s rivals.
“I don’t know,” he replied.
“So yes, City are in double digits and we would usually have Diogo [Jota] well go to the World Cup and then we are already at eight. Probably others if they had been in a slightly different situation, not injured and stuff like that, then they could have gotten away with it too.
“I’m happy with the number of players we have for our pre-season, it’s a good number, all positions are covered. So should have two centre-halves, three or four full-backs, enough midfielders , a front line roughly, Lucho [Luis Diaz] is now running on the outside and looks really good. It’s positive. Sure, that’s how we use it, but whining about the players who are at the World Cup? No.
“I think that’s enough, to be honest. Enough players will go and we need them all to come back healthy, definitely. But of course it’s a very long season ahead, a lot of games and it starts early but from then on there is no rest so obviously that is the problem between the last day [against Southampton on Saturday] and the first game day [back] I think it’s six weeks?
“So okay, with the Carabao Cup, maybe only five and a half weeks, but if you only play three games and you come out after the group stage, there’s not really a problem and you have time to train and then rest a little bit.
“If you go to the final or the semi-final at least, because you’re also playing for third place, then it’s really long and there are a lot of games during that period. But it’s not going to happen to everyone. world, someone has to get out of the tournament [earlier].
“No, it’s difficult for all the players playing there, but coming out after the group stage you have three games in 10 or 12 days or something and the rest you can rest and you prepare and that would be OK. For really successful guys, it’s very intense.
“That’s the situation. There are plenty of Premier League clubs that aren’t like that. I don’t know Aston Villa, our first [Premier League] opponent after, they have a new manager and a real pre-season and probably almost all the players together so for them it’s really good.
“For teams that have players at the World Cup, the more you have [there] less is good because the less time you have to work together and prepare for the rest of the season. Because as intense as it was now, the most intense part will come now.