Jurgen Klopp press conference: Touchline ban; Injury updates; Man City relationship

Jurgen Klopp opens up on his touchline ban and some injury updates in the Liverpool squad

Jurgen Klopp press conference: Touchline ban; Injury updates; Man City relationship
Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of their meeting with West Ham United on Wednesday night.

Jurgen Klopp disclosed to the media that Diogo Jota will miss the world cup as a result of the injury he picked up in Liverpool’s win over Man City.

Jurgen Klopp will be looking forward to his side improving on their performance against Man City last Sunday.

Touchline Ban

“I think I will be there [on the touchline] because nothing really has happened yet. I don’t think something will happen, to be honest.

“I still think I should have dealt with the situation differently which I actually do usually. It was a very, very intense game that both managers didn’t understand with some calls. In Germany, we say it’s the one drop that let the bucket overflow.

“I am not happy with my reaction but that’s the way it was. I was sitting after the game and spoke to Anthony Taylor, how he saw the game and how I did. It was a calm discussion. But we wait for the process.” Said Jurgen Klopp

Relationship with Man City

“We don’t have to be best friends with other clubs but I don’t think anyone wants to be with us. It’s normal competition. It started here with the question, I answered, the rest was made of it. I know what I thought. I said I respect what they are doing but my answer was still not right to some people.

“If a guy throws a coin it’s a massive mistake. It was a brilliant performance against incredibly strong side in a super intense game. I saw situations I don’t want to see in a football game. We have to save the players as well. It’s a really important job that the referees have.” Said Jurgen Klopp

How important was it to win against Man City?

“My English is not good enough to express how important it was.

“From all different perspectives, it was the performance we needed. It was the way we had to defend, we had to commit… I don’t want to cut out our supporters, what they did this season is exceptional. A very emotional crowd.

“Our fans understood quickly it was not a smooth start to the season, how they reacted and perform, not only in home games but away games, is exceptional. Special.

“To win, it was massive. You can lose this game 1-0 and play exactly the same game.”

Darwin Nunez

Does Darwin Nunez’s form shows how difficult it is to adjust to the premier league?

“Obviously, it’s difficult. We have this discussion almost every time we sign somebody. You have exceptions – Virgil [van Dijk] stepped in and was there, Mo [Salah] pretty much as well, Sadio [Mane]… – but some of the other boys had to adapt.

“We should not forget how young Darwin is, and how fast his career moved before. It’s completely normal. The Premier League is the strongest league in the world, and the most competitive.

“On top of that, for both strikers, it was the same. Both teams didn’t start well, which isn’t helpful for a striker. But I like his impact. He’s a machine. Physically, incredibly strong, he gets better every day in training. You can see how he settles more and more. Mentally, he’s in the team 100%. He’s arrived completely.”

Any other team news?

“I think all the other players who started the game are available again.

“Curtis [Jones] was on the bench. It was clear we weren’t going to bring him on, but we had the space. He looks good in training but he needs further training until he’s available. But he didn’t train yesterday.

“[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] was in full team training yesterday. But that needs time. He’s been out for a while and now we have to make sure he can get all the sessions that he needs.

“Naby [Keita] is now in parts of team training. Ibou [Ibrahima Konate] is not in team training yet but we knew he wouldn’t be out long, maybe ten days until he can start training again. Maybe Saturday.

“Joel [Matip] is still a bit away and, of course, Luis [Diaz] is not even close.

“Calvin [Ramsey] is completely back in training. He had a little setback, got hit on the ankle, but I think he’s ready to play with the Under-23s at the weekend.” Said Jurgen Klopp

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