Klopp admits Liverpool stars playing for their futures
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he and his players are under pressure following Monday night’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
The struggling Foxes shook off their recent poor form and moved out of the relegation zone with the victory while defeat leaves Liverpool’s top four hopes in jeopardy. The race for the top four is giving no one any bonus points it seems. Unlike in horse race where punters can get a Cheltenham bonus, in the Premier league especially the race for the top four, there are no such bonuses.
The Reds remain in fifth place in the table a point behind Arsenal but having played a game more, and with Manchester United just a point behind them.
Speaking after the match Klopp admitted his side’s poor form is becoming a real problem and concedes that his team are now playing for their futures.
“It’s getting more serious now,” he told reporters. “We all play for our future, myself included.
“We get judged every day, especially on match days. Of course performances have influence on these things.
“I feel maximum responsible because I am. I hope I use the word ‘we’ and not ‘they’ because I’m involved in this.”
Liverpool went into Monday’s game after a 16-day break from action but looked well off the pace against a fired up and committed Leicester side.
The Reds have now managed just one Premier League win in 2017 and have lost six times in 12 games.
Klopp’s side also have some tricky fixtures ahead of them with Arsenal the visitors to Anfield on Saturday and games against Manchester City and Everton to come shortly.
The club is also struggling with injuries, Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge all missed the defeat to Leicester and are not expected to return in time for Arsenal.
Klopp used Lucas Leiva alongside Joel Matip in central defence, a move which did not pay off with the Brazilian finding it tough going against the pace of Jamie Vardy.
Fans were left frustrated at the sight of Lucas in an unfamiliar defensive role, particularly with Mamadou Sakho, who was allowed to leave on loan in January, having impressed on his Crystal Palace debut against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Liverpool have already beaten Arsenal this season, a thrilling 4-3 win at the Emirates on the opening day of the season, and will leapfrog the Gunners in the table with victory at Anfield on Saturday.