Klopp urges his players to 'fight against the world'

Jurgen Klopp urges his Liverpool players to ‘fight against the world’ as he looks to create a siege mentality in his squad – and insists he is NOT worried about the champions’ poor run of form

  • Jurgen Klopp called on his Liverpool players to fight against the world
  • The Reds have suffered a blip with just two points from their last three games
  • The manager insisted he is not worried and wants to create a siege mentality 

Jurgen Klopp has urged his players to “fight against the world” as he insisted Liverpool’s blip in form has not left him worried.

Liverpool endured their worst sequence of result for almost two years over the festive period, with two points from a possible nine – and only one goal – blowing the title race open and giving their rivals a sense that the champions are vulnerable.

This has been a season like no other for Klopp, who is currently without his three first choice central defenders through injury. The German has refused to categorically rule out bringing in a replacement but provided a detailed explanation as to why that will be no straightforward task.

Jurgen Klopp has issued a rallying call for his Liverpool players to fight against the world

Klopp is constant discussions with Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s owners, about the challenges they must overcome in the second half of the season but he has been more concerned about talking to his squad and fostering a siege mentality.

He is aware there has been little sympathy for Liverpool in recent months – and how expectations have not wavered despite them being without key personnel – and wants the players to grip on to that feeling to spark a revival.

‘In good times everybody thinks our owners are really generous,’ said Klopp. ‘In bad times everyone thinks they are really tight but they are not. They are absolutely concerned about the club, the success of the club and understand how we have it.

Klopp’s side have taken just two points from their last three Premier League games 

‘So they see exactly the same things I see about the necessity (to bring in) players and things like this. It is not that I say: “By the way, a centre half would be really nice!” and they say: “Wow! A centre half! Really, why?” It is all clear. It is all on the table. We work on that, you can imagine.

‘But it is the situation. On top of that we have January and it is not the easiest transfer window. A supporter may look at it and think “they need a centre half and the other team has a good one so bring him in.” My job is to really to make the players we have here as strong as possible.

‘Would one centre half help and sort all our problems? Maybe for a game or two but then he could be injured as well. We don’t know. We have to work together and we did that so far and it is a the trickiest situation you can imagine – three senior centre halves and they are all injured.’

The Reds are currently without a senior centre back due to injuries to Joel Matip (centre), Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk 

Klopp, however, is not dwelling on the situation and he said: ‘The club tries what it can but if they can’t then we have to do what we did so far, get stronger as a group, stick more together and fight against the world, if you want. Fight against the circumstances.

‘Strike back with all you have and make it the most special season ever of it. So now, when everyone is thinking “now they have no chance.” We played without three centre halves and yet nobody said to us “so that’s your excuse for not winning football games”. No, no-one said that.

‘But it changed everything for us, playing with different centre halves constantly, it changed the protection of the game, the whole set-up is different. It is ok, we are Liverpool and we have to win football game. That is what we try all the time. We deal with the situation as good as we can.’

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