Jurgen Klopp blames injuries for Liverpool’s failed title challenge. (AFP/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp believes injuries have played a key part in scuppering Liverpool’s title challenge this season.
Liverpool are currently in third place but are nine points behind Chelsea in the Premier League table.
Klopp has been forced to deal with the absences of Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana at various stages this term.
And the German claims Liverpool have been ‘unlucky’ with injuries to key players.
‘I think we can all agree that if we could have played our first 12 or 13 for the whole season, and we are only six, seven, eight points away from the very interesting region of the table, then it’s not unlikely that it could have worked,’ said Klopp.
‘But it’s not important now because we don’t know for sure. It’s not allowed to look back. We have to find a lineup solution for the next game.
Klopp says Liverpool have been ‘unlucky’ with injuries. (AFP/Getty Images)
‘What I can say is that we really need all our passion in a situation like this. I said a few days ago that it’s not about playing the best football, it’s about getting results.
‘Most of the time it works if we’ve got a good plan but the passion is really important. We need all the passion from the stands. It’s Anfield. We’ve had two away games.
‘It feels like we last played here eight weeks ago or something, but it was only two or three weeks. Now we are back.
Sadio Manewill miss the rest of the season. / (AFP/Getty Images)
Jordan Henderson may not play again this term. (AMA/Getty Images)
Asked to pinpoint the reason behind Liverpool’s title challenge, Klopp said: ‘It’s different reasons.
‘The problem I cannot say exactly. Look at the injuries we’ve had – not a lot of muscle injuries which is always a sign of intensity. It’s not the moment in the season where we are having the hardest training or whatever, so it’s all about individual situations.
‘We have managed Roberto Firmino the last few weeks, kept him out of a few sessions, so it’s not that. If it happens in the game it is different.
‘Lucas got a knock [against West Brom], not serious, played until the end, a few problems, similar with Joel [Matip].
‘That’s the situation. Adam, Daniel [Sturridge] and so on… lots of different things. Sadio and Phil [Coutinho] long-term injuries from challenges. It’s not about the day-to-day, it is just unlucky. That is the best word.’