Jurgen Klopp sends message to his players ahead of Liverpool v Wolves
The Liverpool manager wants a response from his players against Wolverhampton Wanderers
Jurgen Klopp insists his Liverpool players know what they have to do to stop their current blip ahead of the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds crashed out of the League Cup at the semi-final stage on Wednesday night after failing to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg at St Mary’s over a fortnight ago.
Indeed, Southampton soaked up Liverpool pressure in the Anfield leg before Republic of Ireland international Shane Long scored a late winner on the break to seal a 1-0 victory.
Liverpool have only managed to record one win in 2017 so far, and that came in a 1-0 win against League Two side Plymouth Argyle in their FA Cup third-round replay at Home Park.
However, Klopp was in bullish mood when quizzed about the possibility of a hangover from the League Cup exit when Liverpool host Wolves in the FA Cup fourth round at Anfield this weekend.
“Absolutely not. I said something like this a second ago [in another interview], if we would doubt the way we are after these little, little problems we’ve had now, it would really be a strange thing,” Klopp is quoted as saying by Liverpool’s website.
‘We are absolutely in the situation – we don’t have the points we want, that’s not the problem, that’s how it is. We know what we want to do, we know what we have to do and we know about the football we want to play, so that’s all good. There are times it didn’t happen, but it was a really good performance in difficult circumstances.
“I said a few times when I came here about the wind and everybody was laughing, but [Wednesday night] was really difficult, really difficult to play football with this wind. I am fine with this [performance] but disappointed about being out.”
Liverpool are in fourth place in the table.