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Jurgen Klopp talks about the ‘mental’ aspect of fighting on all fronts

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By Siddharth Juyal

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp downplays concern about exertion as his side looks to chase every trophy once again

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp dismissed any mental or physical exertion that comes with taking every trophy seriously. The Reds’ boss is once again attempting to chase every trophy just like Liverpool did during the 2021-22 season.

Liverpool won the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup but lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid despite dominating. Furthermore, they lost the Premier League to Manchester City by one point.

Last season, Liverpool regressed badly and many experts blamed the mental and physical exertion from the 2021-22 season. The critics believed that Liverpool are struggling with a “hangover” after going through such highs and lows in one year.

Jurgen Klopp reveals he had "talks" with Liverpool owner John Henry before the West Ham game.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp relishes the opportunity for competiting in every competition. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, The Reds revamped their squad this summer proving that many former long-serving players went past their prime years. Klopp has dubbed his new squad as “Liverpool 2.0” and he is once again taking every competition seriously.

Liverpool are currently at the top of the Premier League while progressing to the knockout stages of the Europa League. Klopp’s men are also in the Carabao Cup semi-finals, ready to face Fulham in January.

Klopp shuns the potential of any mental or physical fatigue while explaining his experience in 2021-22 to the Liverpool Echo. He said:

“Am I worried? No, not at all. The season with the three finals and a really intense Premier League season was intense while we were in it, but it was good fun as well to be honest. It was good fun; the games the boys played; the two finals against Chelsea were two of the best draws I saw in my life – unbelievably intense, technically at a super high level – so it was a wonderful experience. And playing at Wembley is a top experience. I would not change it for anything. It was absolutely great.”

The 56-year-old admitted the tough Europa League campaign that lies ahead, insisting that his team is playing to win. He said:

“Obviously a Champions League final is not on the horizon but maybe there is a Europa League final which is really difficult to reach because there are a couple of really good teams in it.”

The Reds are yet to find out the team they will face next in the Europa League. Liverpool faces Arsenal next in the FA Cup third-round draw while both teams are Premier League competitors.

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Meanwhile, The Citizens are once again enjoying an easier fixture in domestic cup competition against Huddersfield. Many fans have complained about the uncanny luck that Man City enjoys in domestic competitions while others battle each other.

Klopp needs to be careful with his squad rotation as their injury crisis has gone under the radar. The team is also without Mohamed Salah and Wataru Endo as the duo fulfils their international duties. The Kopites have enjoyed the first half of the season with hopes of continued consistency in the second half.