Klopp insists Liverpool aren't feeling the strain in an intense December
Dec. 02, 2019
Jurgen Klopp is adamant he and Liverpool aren't feeling the strain of their Premier League title challenge.
Klopp is confident his players will be properly prepared for a run of nine games in 26 days in December that starts with Wednesday's Merseyside derby at home to Everton.
“Recovery starts in your mind,” said the Reds boss. “You have to want to recover.
“It was an intense game and ice cold out there. I am not drained, I am just normal level exhausted after the game.
“In the period we have now you have to use your fresh moments, and then in other moments you have to fight, which we did.
“We try everything to keep the boys fresh with the right food and treatment to go again on Wednesday.
“Saturday it was enough and it is only worth it and valuable when you are 'done' after the game.
“If you think you could play another one (straight away) then something was wrong. I am completely fine with that.”
Seven of their last eight top-flight wins have been by a one-goal margin, with the Reds now having equalled their club record of 31 league games unbeaten.
And Klopp added: “It is possible but I would not mind the other kind of result, to be honest. Yes, it is much more intense when you have to fight like this.
“We had to put in a proper shift and the boys did that. But it is not Christmas yet that I wish the boys deliver something different.
“It was just about respecting the opponent and working incredibly hard, which we did.”
Liverpool's ability to grind out results has added another string to their bow, a marked change from the 'heavy metal' football that encapsulated the early years of Klopp's reign.
The Reds boss agrees there are now different ways to define his team.
“We develop together,” he said. “I am not so silly that I say I only want to see a football game where I only see that 'blitz' football and all the rest I do not want to see.
“The reason we did that was to implement some very important things like how to press, counter-attack and use situations when we win the ball, which we still do.
“But of course now, especially in the last one-and-a-half years, a lot of teams sit back.
“Not Brighton on Saturday, but a lot of teams do so we have to play around that wall.
“There are different ways to score a goal. There are different ways to control a game. There are different ways to finish a game off.
“A couple of them we showed already. A couple more we will show.”
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