Alli, Lloris out for game against Liverpool


All seven of those have now departed Anfield in one way or another and it is remarkable to think those players were being relied on in such a big match in the Premier League.

Klopp, munching on a biscuit on the platform, earlier hit back at comments from Gary Neville in his press-conference. "He is the first to tell me that he made a mistake, this is a lesson for everyone". How do you prepare a game and not focus on it?

The former right-back suggested that if the German wants to win the league, he should forget all about the Champions League. That would be amusing!

"Sometimes it takes more time, sometimes a bit less but from my point of view it is all fine but I know the situation is not like a few people would have expected".

In fairness, hard to beat as the best teams I played in were, it is tougher being a Liverpool defender now than under Benitez and Gerard Houllier.

"That's what we try".

"To focus on one competition can only be if you are out, or almost out, or if it's late in the season. There may be a chance this weekend but we will see according to the progress of the week".

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"But a year ago, we had no chance to focus on one competition, we had to qualify for the Champions League".

"It doesn't work like this. But it's an opinion".

"Of course we have to [rotate]". I don't understand, do we play our kids or what? It's not like Belgium play exactly like Tottenham. We have to do that, to rotate.

"A good pre-season should be at least three or four weeks", he said.

"The football they are playing under Jürgen Klopp, it's fantastic. Mauricio [Pochettino] has the same issues, we all have to work with what we've got". "But it was more a wake-up for the players, that we can not do it like this".

"Why? I think their method is exhausting for the front three [Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino]".

"We all knew it after the World Cup, especially after England came that far [semi-finals], they have had no rest", Klopp told Sky Sports News.