Jurgen Klopp was keen to stand by his new signings today as he insisted that the likes of Fabinho, Naby Keita, and Xherdan Shaqiri should all be afforded the opportunity to adjust to their new surroundings.
Klopp also purchased Alisson Becker from Roma during the summer but the Brazilian international goalkeeper seems to have settled in immediately, at Anfield.
“We have played eight games so far, that’s still early in the season. It was interrupted twice already now and it’s like you always start anew again,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The seven games we had between the last two international breaks were the toughest schedule I’ve ever heard about.”
“When you need to function against the ball, when you need to function in defending, that’s how it is. All our new players are brilliant footballers, it’s fantastic. But they were still not settled because of when they came to the club and started with us.
“That needs time; I would love to change that but I can’t make it quicker. But at the end, we know they will be exactly on the same level of understanding for what we want to do as all the others.
“That made it so difficult to change a lot; not only one or two little injuries and stuff like that, it was actually that the team from last year was used to what we do in specific situations.”
The Reds have also played Paris Saint Germain and Napoli in their Champions League group, losing 1-0 to the Italians, courtesy of a late winner by Lorenzo Insigne.
“It worked really well apart from Naples, that was really bad, especially that part of the game. That’s what made it so difficult.’’ He continued.
“Now we have games where we will probably have more possession than we had in all the other games, so we have to think about something different and can use the players a bit more, which we try to do of course, but it all depends who is fit and who is not fit.”
Liverpool travel to Huddersfield for the Saturday evening game in the Premier League, this weekend.