Jurgen Klopp speaks exclusively to Sky Sports on responsibility for Liverpool’s performance and reasons for his side’s regression; watch Liverpool vs Arsenal on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League from 4pm; kick off 4:30 p.m.
8:16 a.m., UK, Sunday 09 April 2023
Jurgen Klopp has apologized to Liverpool supporters as the end of a difficult season nears, saying he was ‘100% responsible for this rubbish’.
After coming close to completing the treble last season, Liverpool have suffered a dramatic regression and currently sit eighth in the Premier League – 29 points behind league leaders Arsenal, who travel to Anfield on Sunday, live on sky sports.
Klopp’s side also relinquished the Carabao Cup title they won last year and will also hand over the FA Cup after being knocked out in the fourth round, despite leaving the Champions League in the last 16. final amid a 5-2 thrashing by Real Madrid. at Anfield.
Addressed exclusively to sky sports Before the meeting with Arsenal, Klopp said: “I’m sorry for our people, that they didn’t have the season they wanted. But in the long run, they will forget about it.”
Klopp also dismissed any suggestion that he didn’t need to apologize given he won six major trophies as Liverpool manager, saying: “I don’t care what we did in the past. last year or previous years. I’m 100% responsible for this garbage and it’s really not cool.”
However, Klopp expressed his gratitude to Liverpool fans for the support they have continued to give the team and expressed his belief that the club will emerge from their struggles in an “elegant manner”.
“I know everyone can express their emotions in an instant and there will be a lot of negative comments about us – I understand that,” Klopp said. “But the people in the stadium are amazing.
“You see things happening at other clubs, not just sackings, but teams against owners, fans against owners, fans against the team – I’ve seen it all.
“But if anyone can walk through a situation like this with class, I really think it’s us as a club.”
Liverpool’s pursuit of four trophies last season saw them play a remarkable 63 games and Klopp admitted the “intensity” of this campaign may have played a part in his side’s slippage this time around.
Klopp also pointed to Chelsea – who played 61 games last season – as a side lacking in confidence, and even pointed to Manchester City – who played 56 – as a side that haven’t quite reached the levels that she produced 12 months ago.
Premier League performance after 28 games
|liverpool||2nd place, 66 points||8th place, 43 points|
|chelsea||3rd place, 59 points||11th place, 38 points|
|Manchester City||1st place, 69 points||2nd place, 64 points|
“What you’ve seen this year is that a lot of the teams that played last year at an extremely high level aren’t exactly there,” Klopp explained. “Even City – of course they play sensational football – but they don’t have the same points total as last year.
“The intensity, at some point, catches you and maybe it caught up with us this year. But that’s no excuse for the next 10 games.
“That maybe explains why we’re not at our best. We haven’t found a way to bring consistent performance.”
An example of this inconsistency has been two results Liverpool have had at Anfield this season, with Bournemouth beaten 9-0 in August and Manchester United beaten 7-0 in March.
However, Liverpool have won just three away league games this season and have been asked to explain the ups and downs of their side’s performance, Klopp said: “A lack of confidence – that’s clear.
“The world-class players perform on a strange level. It started with injuries and players coming back early, and we’ve never really settled in this season.
“We have to get through this and I have no problem with that. When I think back to 10 or 15 years, this season probably won’t be involved in highlights, but hopefully there will be a lot of things that we can in learn and can use next year.
“But we have to fight and it’s hard. If it was easy, they wouldn’t pay me so much money for it.
“We had a super weird season. We had the two highest wins in our history, but a week later we can’t do it.”
Klopp will be hoping Liverpool seize the opportunity and produce another memorable result on Sunday but, while he hailed his side’s progress in their 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Tuesday, the manager has suppressed talk of a emotional finale to the campaign.
“I’m really not in the mood to tell big stories,” Klopp said. “We have to win football games and for that we have to play better.
“I liked the desire and the passion in the last game, and it was absolutely a step in the right direction. The potential is still there but we have to show the quality again. We have to make clear decisions. Whoever s train well play.
“Our next game is Arsenal and it’s tough, but at least at home we’ve produced some decent results.”
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Liverpool’s remaining fixtures…
April 9: Arsenal (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4:30 p.m., live sky sports
April 17: Leeds (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8 p.m., live sky sports
April 22: Nottingham Forest (H) – Premier League, kick off 3pm
April 26: West Ham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 7:45 p.m.
April 30: Tottenham (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4:30 p.m., live sky sports
May 3: Fulham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8 p.m.
May 6: Brentford (H) – Premier League, kick-off 5:30 p.m., live sky sports
May 13: Leicester (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3 p.m.
May 20: AstonVilla (H) – Premier League, kick off 3pm
May 28: Southampton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4:30 p.m.
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