Klopp: Critics of squad players are suffering from short memories
Jurgen Klopp has launched a robust defence of Liverpool’s back-up players, accusing those demanding that he invest heavily to improve the depth of his title-winning squad of having short memories.
Divock Origi and Alex OxladeChamberlain were disappointing in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa. January signing Takumi Minamino is still settling at the club and Naby Keita has shown signs of promise despite injury issues.
But there is a general sense that Liverpool’s attacking panache is compromised when any of the front three are unavailable.
“You can be critical and you will be critical in future. It is normal people forget,” Klopp said ahead of tonight’s game at Brighton. “We played against Barcelona, for example, with a lot of changes and played an outstanding game. One of the best games for this team ever. Whatever your first XI is, and I have an idea, these [other] boys did the job.
“On a day against Aston Villa when the team is not performing at the highest level, when the pitch is dry like the Sahara and the wind is blowing like you are on a ship on the sea, it is really difficult to make an impression.
“Oxlade-Chamberlain, if he is not in your first XI, he has played incredible games for this club. He won the game almost alone against [Manchester] City a year or two ago. I cannot judge people on a game in which the whole team is not performing great. I see them in training and I know they are more than options for me.”
Klopp reiterated that Liverpool did not expect to make signings until the financial impact of Covid-19 was clearer. “Nobody knows what the future will hold for all of us, so how can we make decisions, really expensive decisions, about how we deal with it?”