Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confessed that he is not worried by his team’s recent struggles, instead claiming that everything has been blown out of proportion by the media.
A run of four games without a victory and three games without a goal has seen Liverpool tumble down to fourth in the Premier League, but they will hope to get things back on track against a stubborn Burnley side on Thursday.
Liverpool’s poor form has led to plenty of scrutiny about both the team’s present and future, but Klopp insisted that he is not humouring the drama whatsoever because he can actually see the progress his side are making,
“We all know it is all about results but sometimes you can see little steps in the right direction or not,” he said. (via Sky Sports News). “But it is nothing for you (the media) because you can’t deal with small details. You make them big things. You are not ready for this information.
“We wanted to play better but there were a lot of good signs and I cannot ignore them and I will not.
“You cannot change the approach because everybody who has no real idea about the job expects now massive changes, from the wake-up call to the nutrition, because we don’t have the results. Sometimes we have to be really, not stubborn, resilient maybe, and do it.
“I understand that at the moment in the press conference people think ‘Oh he is so entertaining’ and now they think ‘What kind of mood is he in?’, ‘Does he see reality?’.
It (scrutiny) is just getting earlier and earlier but it is all fine. We are on it, believe me.”
Klopp was also quoted by The Mirror as saying: “It is not a catastrophe, it is not perfect, but that is not important. Be as good as you can be.”
The boss previously revealed that centre-back Joel Matip is available for selection after shaking off his injury, but forward Diogo Jota will remain on the sidelines for another few weeks while he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.
Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk has also made impressive progress in his bid to return from a serious ACL injury. He’s currently in Dubai and has been working with specialists to start kicking a ball again.