Jürgen Klopp sees his Liverpool FC at a disadvantage in the English title fight and has again expressed strong criticism of the game plan. It was absurd that his team had to play again at FC Southampton on Tuesday (8:45 p.m.), just three days after triumphing in the FA Cup, he complained.
“Why isn’t the FA Cup final the last game of the season? It’s like that in Germany,” said Klopp, “that would have helped with the celebrations.” That’s why he couldn’t start in Southampton with the same, i.e. his best eleven, that “wouldn’t make sense after 120 minutes against Chelsea. We can’t go crazy”.
Liverpool are playing their 61st competitive game this season. “When did Southampton have their last game? Ten, twelve days ago? Southampton are absolutely fresh,” said Klopp. He announced that defender Virgil van Dijk, like Fabinho, would not be available and that Mohamed Salah would not be available.
Klopp would have preferred the penultimate league game to be played on Wednesday. But that was not possible because of the Europa League final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Glasgow Rangers.
A win could put Liverpool within a point of defending champions Manchester City ahead of the season finale against Wolverhampton. However, Klopp no longer believes in his second championship with the Reds. He “doesn’t expect” City to “drop points” in their final clash with Aston Villa, he said.
With victories in the League Cup and FA Cup, it’s already “a good season,” said Klopp, adding: “It would be great if we could also win the Champions League, but we’re playing against the most experienced team on the planet, we’re not the big favourite.” On May 28th in St. Denis against Real Madrid.