Jurgen Klopp has challenged Liverpool to produce the ‘best possible football’ over the run-in after the club’s recent winning run.
Liverpool won at West Ham in midweek to extend their run to three consecutive victories in the Premier League, just the second time this season that Klopp’s side have won three games in succession.
The German has named an unchanged team for each of those victories and opened up on what he has demanded from his squad in recent weeks.
“The ticket into this team will always be readiness, from now on, to counter-press,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s fixture with Tottenham.
“I liked what I saw. It created a situation where the boys who didn’t start showed up properly in training so we could have changed quite a lot. They were knocking on the door.
“We have time to train. In a normal week with three games you are doing recovery, and only the guys who weren’t playing are training. You only have one full day. That is not a session that should be too intense.”
Liverpool take on Spurs in the Premier League this weekend with both clubs facing an uphill task to secure a top four finish and Champions League football. Klopp was asked for his view on potential participation in next season’s Europa League.
“We take what we get. It is not that we said that would be fantastic at start of the season but this season taught us a few things. If it is Europa League, it is Europa League.
“I want to play the best possible football. We have to be focussed on the game coming up, that is Tottenham. What happens in the next few weeks will be very important for next season.”
Klopp provided an update on his squad and confirmed that Ibrahima Konate will be fit to return after missing the win at West Ham. Naby Keita could also be available after returning to training.
“Ibou [Konate] will be back, Naby [Keita] will train today. We have a couple of players who are out, everyone knows about them.”