Liverpool return to Premier League action in the early kick-off against Brighton & Hove Albion, much to Jurgen Klopp’s dismay.
A European tie against Atalanta on Wednesday meant Klopp was forced to rotate his squad in preparation for a quick turnaround on Saturday.
Klopp has consistently been a vocal critic and a thorn in the side of the Premier League on the issue of scheduling Saturday early afternoon games for teams who played in midweek. The German stood up for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after United were forced to play Everton in the early kick-off this past month after playing in mid-week.
Liverpool find themselves in the same position this weekend and Klopp believes his words are falling on deaf ears.
“Look, I talk about these kind of things when I think it makes sense and when I think it’s necessary,” Klopp said.
“I spoke about all these things a lot in the last few weeks, that we have to save the players. That’s over now. I can’t do anything about it, so I don’t think about it in this moment.
“My only concern now is we have to use the few hours we have to make them as fresh as possible. I’m not a miracle worker, I cannot do that, but we have to make sure that whatever we can do from a recovery point of view we do, and we did. The boys are fit and good and we have to make sure we play a good game.
“What’s really tricky is you ask me these questions knowing it’s an issue but are not working on sorting the issue.”
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Liverpool face a tricky test against Brighton & Hove Albion who’ve lost just once in their last five games.
A massive boost ahead of the game for Liverpool was the return of captain Jordan Henderson to training who’s in contention to start on the weekend as well Mohamed Salah who has recovered from COVID-19.
However, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri remain out with injury.
A player who has benefited from Liverpool’s mounting injury problems is 19-year-old Curtis Jones who’s started the last two games in all competitions.
Jones thanked Klopp for his faith in him and believes he is learning more with each appearance.
“Especially in the team I’m playing in, the depth of the squad is big… there are a lot of players unavailable but for him and his staff to have the trust in me to put me out there on such a big level at such a young age is massive for me,” the No.17 told Premier League Productions.
“It’s definitely a positive. I can’t wait to get a few more appearances hopefully.
“I’ve always said that regardless of when I’m called upon, in any sort of game for however long he puts me on for, I’ll always give 100 per cent. I think that has paid off and now I’ve started to get rewarded with starting and stuff.
Even with Liverpool’s injury issues, I expect them to grab all three points against Brighton in a 2-0 win.
Odds on a Liverpool open at -162. Odds on a Brighton home win open at +425. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +310.