Trouble in paradise … but Jurgen loves it! Klopp admits he has ‘unhappy’ players on his Liverpool squad in the middle of a selection dilemma, but says he wants to ‘keep them ANGRY’ to further strengthen his team
- Liverpool are second in the Premier League but remain undefeated this season
- Jurgen Klopp made 11 side changes for Preston’s midweek cup clash
- Klopp admitted that it is impossible for his entire squad to be happy with playing time.
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he has a good balance in keeping his players happy as he seeks to maintain Liverpool’s undefeated start to the Premier League season.
He made 11 changes to the team that beat Manchester United 5-0 in the Carabao Cup win over Preston and is expected to make major changes again when Brighton arrives at Anfield on Saturday.
The German admitted that he has players who are unhappy with the number of minutes they have received so far, despite Liverpool’s excellent start to the campaign.
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that it is difficult to keep all the players on his Liverpool team happy
Klopp made 11 changes when Liverpool defeated Preston 2-0 in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
“I don’t think it’s possible and I don’t think it has,” Klopp said when asked if he had kept everyone on his team happy. ‘You should ask all the players on the squad.
“We have to win every game and when you are in football you have to learn early to accept the decision made by the lean. That doesn’t mean they are happy, but they accept it.
I don’t try to keep them happy. Yes, I want everyone to be happy, but I want them to be angry too when we face an opponent who wants our points. ‘
One player in question is Joe Gomez, who got back into shape after a major knee injury last year but appears to have slipped down the pecking order to the fourth-choice center-back, in part due to the arrival of Ibrahima Konate. in summer.
Gomez was Liverpool’s captain in their 2-0 win over Preston in the middle of the week, but Virgil van Dijk is expected to return to Brighton alongside Konate or Joel Matip.
Joe Gomez seems to have fallen through the pecking order since he returned from a knee injury.
Ibrahima Konate started in the 5-0 win over Manchester United and is vying to keep his place
“It was always clear, but we had to react in our situation and bring in another defender,” Klopp said. ‘And you see Nate Phillips, a completely different player than he was a year ago.
Joey, it’s difficult, we have to deal with Joey, intensity, things like that. We’re not even mid-season and we talk about things like this.
‘That’s the life of a footballer, you have to be at the top of your game the moment you walk in and then you walk in and you have to convince everyone.’
The five of them get along and respect each other, we know the quality of Joe. We only have top-notch players in that position and that makes it a bit more difficult when you’re not in the line-up, but that’s football, you have to keep working very hard to make the moment come. ”