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Juergen Klopp quotes
Our attitude was outstanding, and there was a lot of good football from two highly motivated sides, with chances until the last second. It was good and we can build on the performance. Tomorrow I'll be happy but now I'm a bit disappointed, but not a lot.
The icing on the cake is that Divock Origi was off yesterday because he felt a little bit ill - probably not serious but in our situation we have to be really sensitive. That's what we did. We will see if he can be involved today or tomorrow, but it's not 100 per cent.
Maybe Spanish are more emotional than Germans. Obviously he is one of the best technical players I have ever worked with.
We are still in a battle.
There is pressure and sometimes we are still not patient enough. In January and February you could feel everybody thought, It slips away again.
We have a lot of fans that maybe were not alive when we won the last title and my job is to make it more likely.
This season is a good example for how close and how tight it is. I am really convinced about the circumstances and the basis we have. How long it will take? I have no idea but everybody should see we tried every day really hard. It is not only because we want it more or have wanted it for longer, it doesn't make it more likely. We have to do it better and that is what we are working on. I said at the beginning we cannot have the history of this fantastic club in our backpack. It makes no sense to carry it around.
I said at the beginning we cannot have the history of this fantastic club in our backpack. It makes no sense to carry it around. There is pressure and sometimes we are still not patient enough. In January and February you could feel everybody thought, It slips away again.
When you reach a target, it is fantastic. If you don't get it, it doesn't mean you are bad or not the right person. Come on, let's try it again. I feel supporters still think I'm the right person in the right place so we feel that trust and faith. We have to use it but around us is a lot of quality. We need to respect this. I am manager of Liverpool football team and I really enjoy this job. Maybe there are easier jobs out there but it is really good. I would say this season, going to the Champions League would be an outstanding success because of all the quality around us.
This season is a good example for how close and how tight it is. We have a lot of fans that maybe were not alive when we won the last title and my job is to make it more likely. I am really convinced about the circumstances and the basis we have. How long it will take? I have no idea but everybody should see we tried every day really hard. It is not only because we want it more or have wanted it for longer, it doesn't make it more likely. We have to do it better and that is what we are working on.
But it was not again. It was the first time for us and that is different.
The influence of him on the game is really big. If he is not at 100 per cent you miss something, that's how it is. But two weeks ago we played Arsenal and he did really well. Yes, Burnley again was not the best game, but he misses in this moment - which is pretty normal after a long injury - this kind of consistency. But the training week so far was perfect, he presented himself really well; it was fluent, confident and looked really well. There are always steps in this direction. Sometimes it works. It's about, in this moment, consistency but he is in a really good way.
In Spain there's always Madrid, and I don't know, Valencia had a good year, Sevilla, Atletico of course, all that stuff. But the rest are not as good or not good enough to challenge Barcelona.
We really have to compare the squads. A team without [Lionel] Messi or with Messi? Come on. A team with [Andres] Iniesta or without Iniesta? A team with Xavi at his best or without? That's the difference. It's the same situation we had. We played a few outstanding games, but we obviously get judged by the games where we are not very good. We work really hard on it all week to bring this on the pitch but I'm sure he does the same. In England it's the difficulty of this league and the quality of the players around.
You can't compare one with the other. You can see what he wants. That is probably the most important thing if you judge a manager.
Could he have won a few games more? Yes. Thank God they didn't so obviously we are still around them.
It is all about using the experience you have and when you think of experience I heard what Jose Mourinho said and what the pundits think about it. Last season we had the same experience. It was really hard. We played Villarreal and then Swansea at 12. If you want to help you should not do that. I know it is contracted, but 12 or 4pm? Don't play then.
Don't make it more difficult than it should be. We thought the same. We thought it was really hard. That was an experience.
They are good because Emre likes to be here. We really like him as a person and as a player. So there are talks, there is nothing else to say. It actually makes no sense to talk about it, but because I obviously heard there was a story out there [I will]. Until the final year starts – there are a few months still – no problems, absolutely no problems. Completely good talks [have been] held with a lot of other players and if there is something to say about it we will be the first.
We know we can be difficult to play in games like this, but we must be at our best.
To be active, you need to be brave. Monaco couldn't do it two halves. Second half [City] missed chance after chance. We cannot hope Aguero misses these chances.
It was two spectacular games. Monaco are flying in the league and in the Champions League, too. I thought the changes City made in the game were really good.
Hopefully it is a good time to play them - no idea. Could I change the time? Would I have been disappointed after going out of the Champions League? Yes. But they can learn, that's all you can do.
But which mood are [City in] now? No idea! I'm more interested in what mood we are in.
I would say Pep Guardiola's Barcelona squad was the perfect role model for a winning situation. It was an outstanding combination. It was also another really good generation at Bayern Munich, there was not a second team in Germany, we tried to be it but it didn't happen. In other countries it is difficult. Here a win is everything, in other countries if you played with other styles you would have an empty stadium. Everything is legal, the culture is different. I am not in doubt about his qualities. I respect him a lot. I have played him a lot and it is difficult to play his teams.
For me, City is the most difficult team to play against. We know what we have to do. We know that we can be difficult to play in games like this, that's true, but we have to be at our best to get anything. I am really looking forward to this, it's a real tactical challenge. It's an important moment in the season, but we know that it's possible to win.
These games are always important. I can't remember a game that was not important in the Premier League. We all know the quality of Manchester City. I thought the way they played against Monaco was quite impressive. City could have won the game easily but because they are human beings they are out. But their quality is really high. I know their image in this country is different, the Pep Guardiola style... but it's real football. It's difficult to defend against them. We know what we have to do but if we can do it, I don't know.
I don't think we are the favourites. That's not too bad.
Would I have been disappointed going out of the Champions League like this? Yes. Pep was disappointed too but what he said was right, they have to learn from it.
If you can win the ball there are maybe a few spaces you can use. We know what we have to do there. We will try everything to do the right things and then it could be a fantastic game to watch. What it meant to them or what mood they are in I have no idea. I am more interested in what mood we go there and what we can do. We should concentrate on the football side. I don't think they will still be disappointed, more they want to bounce back. It makes no difference to us.
If you are passive against City you have no chance. You have to be active and to be active you need to brave. Monaco couldn't do it for two halves: in the first half they were good, second half it was chance after chance (for City) and we cannot hope Aguero misses these chances again. In the first half it was really brave of Monaco.
For me City is the most difficult team to play. I know their image at this moment in this country is a little bit different. I've heard about Pep Guardiola's style and all that stuff but it is real football and it is difficult to defend against them and a lot of teams have failed already.
I heard what Jose Mourinho said and what the pundits think about it. Last season we had the same experience. It was really hard. We played Villarreal and then Swansea at 12 noon. If you want to help you should not do that. I know it is contracted, but 12 noon or 4pm? Don't play then. Don't make it more difficult than it should be. We thought the same. We thought it was really hard. That was an experience. This year we could not use it but next year we can use it.
We have a lot of specialists around to try and find out, but the situation was like this, that we could not say 'go on holiday for four weeks and maybe it's better then' - that's not the situation. So it looks like we've found the solution now and he doesn't have these problems any more. I really like to speak positively about the player. Emre's second half was really good, but first half, around the [Burnley] goal, that's the challenge you need to have before the cross, but things like this happen.
The [international] break, these two weeks, hopefully is what can bring him back, but there's no game possible in this time. That's how it is. He cannot train, he for sure cannot play against City and it makes sense that he is doing the rehab. Hopefully he can run in the second week of the international break and then we have to see. Emre is a boy with an outstanding attitude. He's had a few problems with his calf in the last few months, which we couldn't sort quickly enough - not because of our medical department but because sometimes he had it, sometimes not.
It doesn't make you a worse person or player or whatever. You have to react and he reacted well in the second half. In his position there were a lot of high balls and you can imagine how important it is to have this player around. The problem is then about protection, you have nobody for the second ball when Emre wins the ball. You have then the big space that only really Adam [Lallana] and Gini were in and we suffered in these situations a little bit. But second half we did better and he did better - nice goal after a long period with calf problems, well deserved.
Are we close to signing them? No, nothing to say about that but that's how it is. It's not that we say we want exactly four players or five players. But we know what we want and we are working really hard, as you can imagine, at the things we want which will work.
We didn't do the transfers last year to have a positive transfer record. But we are in a good situation, so the base is really good to improve and of course we will spend money.
So that is one thing that I think is very important. Another thing of course are transfers. Are we looking for transfers? Yes. For players? Yes.
Yes I have a plan but look it's March. The plan is different things. It's still the improvement of the players who are here. And it's important that these players could improve.
They have the perfect players and the perfect manager. It is the perfect fit. First they created the momentum. Then they used the momentum. Then they stayed consistent. When you look back it looks like the squad wasn't big enough at the start of the season. But back then Danny Ings was involved in our plans and Daniel Sturridge was involved, too. Plus, Ingsy could play on the wing like he's done in former times. But Ingsy got the injury early in the season and Daniel has had a few problems. And in the end, Phil Coutinho was injured and we didn't have enough options.
But Phil came back, Sturridge came back and all of a sudden our base is really good. Now we need to build on it.
The top six or seven teams can't be sure that they will be in the top four. Last week they were already in, then they are already out. There are a lot of games to play.
Of course it is in our hands. In this moment I think we should only think about how we can do it. Is it possible that we don't qualify? Yes because of the league, because of the opponents and all that stuff. It would be because of us and we have to take that situation like it is. It is our big target of course. We want to do everything to get it. For nobody it is already decided. As long as we have the opportunity I think we should try everything. It is wonderful to play there and it would be important for the club.
We need to feel free for playing football and we have had good sessions this week.
Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are not available. Roberto Firmino struggles a little, he felt something after the game [against Arsenal] and this week he couldn't train, so we need to wait a little bit more and see. We will see what we do with Dejan Lovren – there is no decision yet. Ragnar Klavan has had some wonderful games. We have struggled in moments when we have had a lot of injuries. But the atmosphere within the club is fantastic and we are ready to fight. There is no time to think, Oh my God' when a player is injured, it is about finding a solution.
Burnley have the clearest plan of all these teams. They are happy with their comfortable position in the table.
I was not frustrated. Consistency in the line-up is always good, the things you learn from each other, about each other, is important. But we will see what we will do. Burnley is special. With them it is clear - they defend, counter-attack, long balls in behind, set-pieces. It can't be easy against them. Even when they have lost, they have been close games. We need to be ready. We need to create an atmosphere and use advantage of Anfield.
If you don't score a goal early it can be difficult. Burnley's away record is not good but it is not that they have had no chances. We just have to be ready for hard work.
They defend well, are ready for the counter-attack, long balls, run in behind, and are a danger from set-pieces. It can't be easy against them.
If we judge the players after the best game of the season, then we sign a contract for another six seasons. If we do it after Leicester then you change the whole squad. But the truth is always in between. That is what we are working on, really working on. I don't want to make it too philosophical, it is obviously the case we are inconsistent. I know we don't have to doubt their attitude in the way we usually think about it – 'do they really want it? Are they really motivated?' We cannot play as we did [against Arsenal] if we have any issues like this.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Directly after that game, I found a few words and it was not asking for friendships. It was pretty clear. But you are really silly then if you let the bad things have more influence on you than the good things. We have to remind ourselves of the good things and we are ready to go again, if you want. The boys showed again what they are capable of. I've said a few times now, I don't like the fact that inconsistency is part of the deal in development.
Usually, you win games and you lose against the big teams because at the beginning, when they are at a higher level, they are smarter and more experienced and you lose the games. We've chosen another way but it's still part of the deal and we know that we have to keep on going – and we will.
I have been a coach for 17 years and I have never really been surprised about any line-ups in my coaching career. We always make the analysis without knowing who is playing. You can imagine, we did it with Alexis Sanchez in the line-up, but then when [Olivier] Giroud is on the pitch, it is a different game because they cross more often. For us, it was not a big advantage. Alexis had a big impact on the game, but because we had to adapt to it. If he starts, then we could have already a better solution from the beginning.
We all know what we did last week and how we played. It is not usual to come back like this. We know what we need to work on.
It was one of the best games we have played so far because the strength and the line-up of opponent. We did really well. All of them played a fantastic game. When we are compact it is fantastic. Being compact and stable is the basis of each good display. We really felt bad last week, we needed a few days to understand what happened. We had hard words after the defeat at Leicester. We analysed it and that was not enjoyable. We had another opportunity and we took it. It is the roller coaster of the Premier League. It is not always going up.
We knew Arsenal would bounce back in the second half. Alexis Sanchez is the highest quality player and plays different to Danny Welbeck. Simon Mignolet saved our lives.
It is important to go back to fourth above Arsenal.
I have been 17 years a manager, and trying to get over the defeat at Leicester led to one of the worst training experiences in my life. We had a bad defeat, so many bad performances, and there were a few hard words at the training ground, but I said to the boys that at some point we had to finish the Leicester game, put it behind us and start to go again, and hopefully we have done that with this win.
We were spot-on from the first second of the game and that was pleasing. We were much better than Arsenal in the first half and we could have scored more. I don't like the fact that inconsistency seems to be part of the deal at the moment, but usually with that you lose games against the bigger teams. We seem to have chosen another way.
We have shown we can work harder than our opponents.
I think we are usually clean - not ugly challenges - but physical. It is not a general problem for us. Sometimes you need tactical fouls but being harder than allowed I don't think it makes sense. I never force my players to make fouls. We are always a pretty fair team as even in a challenge we want to keep the ball and not break a leg. Being physical means being ready to hurt yourself not the other player.
We could have done with one or two players in January, when we had injury problems and the Africa Cup, but the transfer window didn't give us any opportunity. We will be prepared for the summer window, for sure. We are working on it already – we might need between two and six players.
We need to make the right transfers. It is not about money – we can go for the players we want – but at the very top level you might be competing with Barcelona or someone. Some players would rather live in London or Manchester instead of Liverpool, so we have to make a decision and try and make it happen. It might not be possible to break even again; that just happened last season, it was not a target. There will be a few new faces in summer, that is how it is always.
Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No. It is not only football. For me there have been a few strange decisions in 16/17: Brexit, Trump, Ranieri. Do I have to understand it all the time – no, obviously not. It happens still. I have no idea why Leicester did this.
This is fantastic news for the club because Adam is a great player and an even better person. I am so pleased that we will spend more time together now and have this common future with LFC trying to be successful here.
Today the pressure was on us but we dealt with it. We had a really bad period. We are still around, not with Chelsea but with the rest.
We scored a wonderful goal and then the second one. We regrouped again and told the players that the movement was not as good as it could be and we (then) controlled the game. It was pretty clear Stoke could not play the same (sort of) half again. It was intense for them, they pressed high and were aggressive. We did better with the ball and deserved this result.
It was a very difficult game. The result doesn't show it but it was difficult because it was the third or fourth time we've played Stoke with (ex-Liverpool striker Peter) Crouch on the pitch and that is a sign of how they want to play.
We watch football and know the results but this is not when the season will be decided. If Chelsea win all the games they will be champions and they will deserve it.
If somebody is a character and wants to celebrate position one in November then he will not play in December anymore because I see it pretty quick. But these things usually don't happen. The players are here in this situation because their character is really good. It is a long way to get here. It is not like they are surprised about success whether it is individual or as a team.
If I went to the players and said 'Don't think we are first' or 'We are first but nothing has been reached' they would think I'm silly because they know this already. Stay cool, play football and see what happens.
And after 11 match days everyone's asking for guarantees and they are not there. The only thing we have is a pretty good football team.
When I came here (in October 2015) I asked for time and patience and belief. And after 11 match days everyone's asking for guarantees and they are not there. The only thing we have is a pretty good football team.
St Petersburg are a very talented team and follow their own plan too. They stuck solidly to this plan and this was the key to the game. I haven't really thought about the pros and cons.
I think at this moment we have so many good players, young players in Germany. The reason for this is that 10, 12 years ago we started to give money for youth development.
Nothing is decided, it's only the first half of the tie. We are not so experienced in this tournament and things like this but experienced enough to know that we have to work unbelievably hard in Madrid.