Jurgen Klopp has urged his players not to feel sorry for themselves ahead of their League Cup semi-final clash with Stoke City.
We were outplayed and outclassed by West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday and we go into the game with a squad full of injuries, so it’s easy to understand why Klopp has issued a rallying cry.
Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Jordan Rossiter, and Martin Skrtel are all injured, while James Milner has reportedly recovered from a hamstring issue but might not be risked.
According to the Echo, Klopp admits the timing of the semi-final is not perfect, but we need to press on regardless.
“We have a few more injuries and so it is not the best moment for us but we have to think about everything to do with Stoke”, he said.
“In our situation, with the injuries we have, that is a big challenge, but I didn’t see a physical tiredness at West Ham. In terms of intensity it was really good for January”.
“If you think about problems in your own life too much then they rarely get better. You need help from outside and that is what I try to do for the boys”.
He is also adamant the West Ham result will not be repeated on Tuesday evening, saying: “We have to change. If we play like this then it is possible for everybody to win against us and that is not allowed”.
He rounded off the interview by saying he will not be showing the squad the video of Stoke’s 6-1 win last time we went to the Potteries.
“Why should I show them such a bad day? I don’t think that Ronald Koeman will show his team the 6-1 before the next time we play Southampton and say ‘look at this, this is what they are able to do'”.
“There was no Shaqiri, no Bojan, no Joselu then. The players are different now so it’s not interesting”.