Competitive Edge - Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp On Inner Squad Competition

The following is an extract from the Liverpool Echo Friday September 4th, 2017

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp believes fierce competition for places will help ensure that Liverpool take the “next step” this season. The Reds boss says that it is inevitable that some players will be fuming when he picks his line-up for the Premier League home opener at Watford next Saturday. But Klopp says they must channel that frustration correctly because having greater squad depth is going to be crucial as Liverpool look to maintain a challenge both domestically and in Europe this term.

“If we stay together like this there will be a few hard decisions to make because they can’t all start together….Be angry at me, no problem, stay confident that is important then there is another game in three days so let’s be there again. There are a lot of challenges…..there are two things to develop the team – signings of new players and training. We have done both. The signings are good because they push another player. Now it’s more difficult to play all the time.

Klopp made a habit of turning young players into top class performers at Borussia Dortmund and there are promising signs of him repeating the trick on Merseyside.

“I would love that history always happens like this but this club should not be compared to anything.  You know and I know that there is nothing like Liverpool. We know what we see in the players and we know what we need to do….We still have to have a style, a way of playing and we need to be able to play completely differently if needed. At Dortmund Klopp had to endure top talent… being cherry picked by rival clubs, but Liverpool are in a stronger position to resist the advances of potential suitors.”