Jurgen Klopp sends message to Liverpool FC supports about Naby Keita

Jurgen Klopp has his say on Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri's situations at Liverpool FC this season

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp (Photo: New Balance)

Jurgen Klopp has opened up about the limited game time for Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Kieta at Liverpool FC this season.

Both players have been settling into to their first seasons at Anfield after having joined the club last summer.

Liverpool FC have been mounting a serious title challenge this season and are still looking to beat Manchester City to the top flight title.

However, the Reds have suffered something of a dip in form in recent weeks to allow Pep Guardiola’s men to reclaim top spot in the table.

Shaqiri has been limited to 11 Premier League starts this season, while Keita has started 12 times in the top flight for Klopp’s men so far.

And Klopp has now opened up about the situation concerning both players at the title race hots up.

Speaking in an interview with Liverpool FC’s website, Klopp said: “It is about our situation in training and what’s needed individually for the next opponent. That is all that we think about.

“We don’t stick to one formation or the other, but the boys need to offer. Sometimes it is more possible and sometimes it is not possible for different reasons.

“Sometimes we don’t have the sessions. Then it’s more difficult to offer something. It’s all part of the decision-making.”

He continued: “It’s just that we have to think about a lot of things before a game. We played quite a few teams with really good set-pieces, stuff like that. We needed to make sure that we had the right line-up and set-up for that.

“Naby is actually in a good moment and has trained well. It’s only been the last three games he didn’t play too much.

“The team is in a good moment and we feel in a good moment so it’s difficult if things are working out well in midfield.

“If we play the system we usually play most of the time then there are only three positions [in midfield]. Somebody has to be out but it’s all good. They are all fit and we can use them all.

“It’s similar with Shaq. He had a little injury and was out [for Bournemouth at home]. There was something with his back and he needed a little time.

“I remember the moment when he got the injury – he won a heading challenge near the sideline. His body wasn’t used to that! It affected him.

“With the line-up we had and system-wise, it wasn’t difficult but we have to change a little bit if Shaq is playing. For the last few games we didn’t do that. He’s fully fit now.”

Liverpool FC will look to bounce back from last weekend’s goalless draw at Everton when they take on Burnley in front of their home fans on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds are looking to try and win their first major trophy since Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor at Anfield back in October 2015.

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