Klopp wants anger to drive Liverpool against Hull
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants his players to be “angry” and guard against complacency when they entertain promoted Hull City on Saturday.
The five-time European champions are sixth in the Premier League, having beaten Arsenal, Chelsea and champions Leicester City and drawn with Tottenham Hotspur this season.
Liverpool’s only defeat has come against one of the smaller clubs, promoted Burnley.
“I really would love to see that everyone goes with the right expectations to a game like this and is not disappointed when we miss a chance after ten minutes and think “Oh God, difficult again, it should be easier.”
Why should it be easier? When we can win against teams which people think are stronger than we are, why another team that people think is weaker than we are shouldn’t have the opportunity to win. So that’s a process we have to really learn,” Klopp told reporters on Thursday.
“They want our points and that makes me angry actually. That’s quite easy in football,” he added.
There is a perception that some of the smaller teams adopt a defensive approach against the bigger clubs by ‘parking the bus’, as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho once described it.
“We have to think about why so many people think we have big problems against, how do you call it, “bus parking”. I’m not sure Hull will do this to be honest, but I saw not a lot of space against Chelsea honestly, I cannot remember a lot of space against Tottenham, they were with ten men behind the ball, that’s how it is when we had the ball, nobody gambled or something like this, they were all involved in defending, so that’s how it is. We have to find solutions,” Klopp said.
“We didn’t care about the opponent before we played Chelsea, before we played Tottenham, before we played Arsenal. Not the name, not the players, only the style of play, what do we have to do, where are the opportunities, where is the space we can create, that’s all what we do.”
With Liverpool having lost striker Luis Suarez and winger Raheem Sterling in big-money transfers to Barcelona and Manchester City in recent years, Klopp does not want his side to be termed “a selling club”.
“We spoke about our transfer window last summer, it was quite busy and I don’t want to have this busy transfer windows. It’s not that important because development usually doesn’t stop after a year, you should have more time.
I think success all around is about having consistency, the big teams don’t change a lot, successful teams always last year or two years ago they don’t have to change a lot. At Liverpool there’s actually no need to be a selling club, nobody forces us to say “come on, sell, we need money.” All is positive, it’s about finding the right squad,” he said.
Liverpool welcome back midfielders Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum who were left out of Tuesday’s (September 20) 3-0 League Cup victory over Derby County as a precautionary measure.
Klopp is also optimistic that striker Daniel Sturridge will be available against Hull, who are 12th in the table, after injury.
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