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‘Things off my chest’ – Jurgen Klopp admits frank talk with Liverpool squad as their current form is addressed


‘Things off my chest’ – Jurgen Klopp admits frank talk with Liverpool squad as their current form is addressed

Klopp says he held a legitimate talk with his Liverpool players on Wednesday to address their unfortunate beginning to the season

Jurgen Klopp has uncovered he held a straightforward talk with his Liverpool crew on Wednesday in a bid to capture a disturbing beginning to the season.

In the wake of disappointing draws with Fulham and Crystal Palace, the Reds lost their most memorable league game since late December when Manchester United won 2-1 at Old Trafford on Monday night to sentence them to their most terrible beginning to a mission for a considerable length of time.

Reports that Klopp pulled his crew in on Tuesday because of that exhibition were erroneous as the crew partook in their typical post-match day off, however the manager conceded he needed to get a few things out into the open when they reconvened on Wednesday.

“There [was] no discussion,” Klopp said. “I was getting things off my chest. The good thing about this meeting is I feel much better after it. It is not that I shout at the players, not at all, it is about putting things in perspective, what we did well and what we didn’t do well.

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“We live in a world where everything is always judged, everything is under the glass, but in the end only one thing is important and that is what we think about it ourselves. We cannot do things to please the outside world, to make crazy challenges and get a red card.

“We never were that and we will never be that. For us and for me it is clear what we have to do. I cannot go into detail but of course we talk about pretty much everything, especially the important things for us, and try to exclude the not so important stuff.

I’m 55 and they are 30. I got washed with all kinds of water in my life, highs and lows, and it is all about how you deal with it. You always have to question yourself of course and what you make of it.

“The situation changes constantly, the perception from outside changes constantly, the pressure gets bigger, it is never the same. I don’t want to leave the boys alone in a situation like this.

“It is just about showing perspective. Everything has to be new, sometimes just a reminder, to fix a specific point. There are a lot of things you can do. As a human being, even in a team sport, you deal with yourself first in a difficult situation but you don’t forget you have also 10 players around who can help and you can help them as well. It was a bit of a longer meeting, these kinds of meetings always are, and afterwards I felt better.”

A school of thought behind Liverpool’s poor start has been a hangover from the closing days of last term’s quadruple chase when they missed out on a Premier League title by a single point to Manchester City before defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in late May.

Klopp, though, dismissed suggestions that the disappointing end to an otherwise exceptional season is the root cause for the sluggish performances this time around.

He added: “That is not an excuse. That never crossed my mind. That season is gone. If you want to turn it around in the Champions League, now we know the group. If we want to turn around the league, we know the opponents.

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‘Things off my chest’ – Jurgen Klopp admits frank talk with Liverpool squad as their current form is addressed

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