In case you hadn’t heard, Liverpool have a few injuries at the moment and manager Jurgen Klopp is far from happy about it.
The German currently has an incredible amount of first-team stars in the treatment room, and before Christmas went as far as saying that ‘hamstring’ was the “sh** word of the year” for him.
— FootballTime (@BPLTime) January 7, 2016
I'm three more Liverpool injuries away from making their bench.
— Paul (@Kolology) January 8, 2016
List of Liverpool injuries: Everyone. List of not-injured players: Joe Allen ??
— Klopp (@Helentinho) January 8, 2016
And with Friday’s draw with Exeter City in the FA Cup meaning his squad will mean yet another match in the Reds’ packed fixture schedule, Klopp has some strong advice for former foe Pep Guardiola.
Bayern Munich manager Guardiola – who announced last week he is on his way to England’s top-flight – is currently enjoying a winter break with his squad in Qatar ahead ahead of the second half of the Bundesliga season.
But Klopp has warned he’ll have no such rest in England, and even insisted that the Spaniard will need as much as 35 senior pros to compete in the Premier League, no matter where he ends up.
Klopp said via The Mirror: “The number of games is the biggest difference,” he said. “When I came here, I didn’t know there were two rounds in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup.
“I had people in Germany, saying after we beat Stoke, ‘yeah, you’re in the final again!’ Idiots!
“In Germany, when you tell people about the FA Cup that if you draw you play again. They say ‘what?’ Here you have penalties and extra time, but only after the second game.
“That’s the thing, it’s the number of games, football, football, football. With a perfect pre-season you are prepared for a long, long journey.
“We knew about it, but to feel it is different. Pep is so experienced, for sure. I’m sure he will buy a few players and have a good team, have 35 players or whatever.
“What I can say about here is very positive – it’s a great country, great people, the food is much better than everybody said. OK, the weather is not great – like everyone said! – but today is not bad.”