KLOPP MAD WITH FIRST POSITION LOSS
Jurgen Klopp obviously is not happy with the loss of the first position by the team after gradually garnering points up until their clash against Southampton last week.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach has issued a warning to Liverpool players to sit up as they still had a long journey from the season’s end.
“Yes, there is something I can tell the players from the time we won with Dortmund. Not think too much about it. That will help,” Klopp started with, when asked about a lesson from his last job.
“If somebody is a character and wants to celebrate position one in November then he will not play in December anymore, because I see it pretty quick,” Klopp said, hinting at complacency amongst the Liverpool players.
“It is better to be in the number one spot one time than never in your life, but it is not really important in this moment. If you then celebrate this and don’t be professional any more then you have a problem,” Klopp added.
Liverpool took over the pole position in the league after Man City gave up the spot. However, they spent just two weekends before Chelsea usurped them after their draw against Southampton. The Reds earned praise from all quarters regarding their consistent performance this term, with many tipping them as real title contenders.
The same Southampton are reportedly interested in luring Daniel Sturridge away from Anfield. With Klopp preferring Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, Sturridge has fallen in the pecking order at the club, and Coach Claude Puel wants the England international to help them get the goals they want. According to Express Sports, Southampton could offer £25 million if Liverpool agree to sell Sturridge during the summer. Southampton are however hoping to secure the services of the player on a loan deal in January before any permanent deal.