Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss warns players not to shy away from Champions League

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss warns players not to shy away from Champions League


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists they won’t react to failure to secure Champions League football like ‘kids don’t get candy’.

With Chelsea fourth in confidence after adding a Champions League final to the FA Cup final next weekend, the odds of catching them look slim as they hold a seven-point advantage, having played one more match.

Klopp admits the task is difficult, but not impossible, but the prospect of Europa League football next season wouldn’t see the 2019 European Champions sulking.

“We’re not kids in a candy store who don’t get the candy,” he said.

“We are responsible for the situation we find ourselves in and no one will watch the Champions League next season, lie in front of the TV and cry if we are not involved.

“If anyone was having a hard time with this, I hope I realize it and can fix this situation early.” I’m pretty sure I would recognize him sooner rather than later.

“We still have a chance for the Champions League and we need to focus on that.

“Some people obviously think we’re out of luck, so we should already cancel the season. “


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Klopp supports Thiago and Ox to improve

Klopp is optimistic that next season, when his streak of injured key players returns to form, will see his future former Premier League champions bounce back.

He also hopes to see an increase in performance from players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita who have disappointed in the current campaign.

“Summer is important to all of us and you can say the exact same thing about every player,” added Klopp.

“When you’re not starting games, you have to use every training session and every minute on the pitch to convince.

“I don’t have to be convinced to be honest, but it’s about showing up in those kinds of situations.

“Ox has had a great time, is training really well at the moment, and his situation is not easy, not only for him but for all the boys in this situation.

“Thiago has become, in a really difficult season, a very important player for us.

“I don’t think we’ve seen him before, but we’re 100% confident we’ll get the most of him because he’s a world class player.

“For Naby it’s not easy, for Shaq (Xherdan Shaqiri) it’s not easy and for some other players it’s not easy, I know, but a lot has happened during the season and what we have been trying to get and keep. was balance and rhythm.

“Always with a different defense, some things in midfield had to be different from other times when we were a lot more stable and stable, and that’s why some players don’t have enough minutes.

“We hope that will change completely next year because when you have more stability in the last row you can be more flexible in terms of training higher up the pitch. “

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