Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his side face a tough challenge playing two tough Premier League games in three days but he is confident his squad can cope.
Klopp’s side host Leicester on Saturday and then travel to Burnley on Monday in a congested festive schedule.
“We have to be fully concentrated on the Leicester game and after the Leicester game we have a few hours to ‘collect the bones’ to see who is able to play against Burnley and then we’ll make the line-up,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website on Thursday.
“It’s different. We don’t moan about it. We play Leicester, we play Burnley and we play Everton [in the FA Cup] – no problem with that.
“It all depends on injuries. We feel really well-prepared.
“It’s not that last year we were not prepared for this period; we had injuries in the wrong moment. That’s how it is. We have injuries now – hopefully there will not be a few more players injured.
“If we have our squad together then we are prepared for pretty much everything. Now, the focus is on Leicester. We are prepared for that game, for sure, and then we will see.”
Leicester have appointed Claude Puel to replace Craig Shakespeare since the teams’ last league meeting, a 3-2 victory for Liverpool at the King Power Stadium in September.
Klopp believes Frenchman Puel has made Leicester an even more dangerous proposition.
“We didn’t make the analysis so far but I saw the Manchester United game – they really play football now. They are still a wonderful counter-attacking team,” he added.
“The first goal they scored against United was, ‘wow!’, a fantastic pass from Gray and Mahrez was in behind waiting for Vardy. It looks quite easy.
“They are fine-tuned and a good football-playing side; that may be the biggest change since Claude Puel was in. It will be a tough challenge again. This period in the year is really tough for all of us and you need to be ready. I like that, actually.”