Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out key players from his side’s next match while admitting he would have liked to have reached 100 top flight points with Liverpool much sooner.
Kenny Dalglish was the quickest to get to 100 points after 48 games in charge while David Ashworth took 56 matches
to reach the milestone in Liverpool’s 1921-22 title-winning side.
Unlike his esteemed company, Klopp was unable to win the title in his debut season – although this year is his first
full season in charge.
And the current Liverpool manager during his Friday’s news conference admits there have been some troubles in his
first 18 months in charge, but is confident about success in the future.
“I’ve learned a lot about the league, the club and the players. We are able to play good football,” Klopp told the media on Friday during his press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Burnley.
The 3-1 win over Arsenal last weekend saw Jurgen Klopp become the third fastest Liverpool manager to reach 100
points in the top flight. Klopp reached the landmark figure in his 57th Premier League match in charge.
Only the two former Reds managers have reached the milestone quicker than the German coach.
“We have struggled in moments when we have had a lot of injuries. But atmosphere within the club is fantastic,” Klopp added.
“100 points sounds like a lot, but it could have been even quicker. It would have been nice.
“It’s all in a good way though, full of joy for the job and the challenge.”
Klopp gushed that the feeling in the team’s camp is fantastic as they prepare to take on Burnley who are hoping to
do the double over the Reds.
“The atmosphere in the club is special and we’re ready for what’s coming up. I’m full of joy for the job,” he
Klopp provided an update on the fitness of a key quartet, as he prepares his Liverpool side to take on Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
“He (Roberto Firmino) couldn’t train. We have to wait and see,” Klopp says of his Brazilian playmaker.
Both Jordan Henderson (foot) and Daniel Sturridge (calf) have been absent of late.
“No, not available,” Klopp said of Henderson and Sturridge.
Meanwhile, it is still unclear whether Dejan Lovren (knee) will come back into the fold, despite returning to
training and taking his place on the bench against Arsenal.
Ragnar Klavan shone in Lovren’s stead, and Klopp suggested he could opt to reward the Estonian with a continued
berth alongside Joel Matip—eschewing his first-choice pairing.
“Ragnar had wonderful games for us, especially the last one. No decision has been made to start the game,” Klopp
“Joel struggled [with injury], Ragnar was ill, Lovren out a long time and now back in training—we will see.