Jurgen Klopp fears this season would be the hardest of his profession as Liverpool navigate the distinctive challenges of defending the Premier League title within the coronavirus age. Klopp’s facet have already seen Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara briefly sidelined by Covid-19 this season, whereas a number of accidents have additionally taken their toll. The delayed begin to this season, a results of the earlier marketing campaign’s three-month hiatus due to the pandemic, means groups are being stretched to breaking level by the gruelling schedule.
Liverpool boss Klopp has lost Virgil van Dijk to a knee injury that can sideline him for many of the season, with Joel Matip, Naby Keita and Thiago lacking the midweek Champions League win over Ajax due to knocks.
Jordan Henderson was restricted to simply 45 minutes in that sport on medical recommendation, whereas Klopp substituted Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane within the second half in opposition to Ajax with a purpose to shield their health.
“It’ll grow to be tougher. It’s already,” Klopp mentioned when requested if this was essentially the most testing season he had confronted.
“Life is tougher than what I ever skilled earlier than and with soccer it’s no completely different.
“We’d like assist from everyone simply to convey the boys via it. We have had lots of discussions with that (medical) division.”
Involved that his stars will likely be burned out by the extreme fixture listing, Klopp referred to as for commonsense from the schedule makers.
“I’ve no drawback that we now have to play once more and I can’t moan about something however, with this schedule factor, we now have to guarantee that the groups who play midweek do not play 12.30 on Saturday,” he mentioned.
“Should you play Tuesday within the Champions League, for instance, then 12.30 Saturday is ok. Should you play Wednesday then Saturday 12.30 is ‘Oh my God!’
“We have to have the time to relaxation. I do know individuals do not need to hear it and so they return to all the opposite issues they are saying about skilled soccer gamers.
“Nevertheless it’s like Components One. Everybody can drive a automobile however it’s troublesome to drive at 300mph in a reasonably shut space and then you definitely hope that your brakes work.”
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