The Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been talking to the press today ahead of his team’s trip to The Hawthorns on Saturday to face West Brom.
Klopp was full of praise for Arsene Wenger following the announcement that the Arsenal manager is leaving the Gunners at the end of the season. He said he was surprised about the news before going on to call Wenger an influencer and say he admired his work. He then wished the Arsenal manager all the best.
He somewhat played down the idea of Liverpool being the team most likely team to challenge Manchester City next season. He said he hopes his team can finish in the top four this year and improve next season. Whilst pointing out the importance of consistency to be able to challenge for the title.
The Liverpool manager also said that he will field a very strong team against West Brom even with the Champions League game against Roma on the horizon. Klopp thinks West Brom will be a difficult game, pointing out that they have picked up four points since changing manager including a win against Manchester United.
When asked about the PFA team of the year the 50-year-old coach said he wasn’t bothered about the omissions of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. As they are plenty of great players in the league. He also said that it wasn’t too important anyway and that Firmino and Mane’s performances are what matter.
On suggestions that management is getting harder and more stressful Klopp claimed that it depended on the targets of the team. He then went on to say that the job is always intense, but he loves it.
As for injuries the German didn’t have much news except that Nathanial Clyne has a little muscle issue, so he’s likely to miss the West Brom game. Also he said Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren have returned to training.
Check out the full interview below.