Jurgen Klopp admits last season’s 63-game pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple is taking a toll on his Liverpool stars – and concedes it may have left the Reds physically and mentally spent
- Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s pursuit of history may have left them totally spent
- The Reds boss is adamant his squad will come through a season of turbulence
- But the German recognizes the jam-packed last year has taken a toll on players
But he recognizes they are nowhere near the levels that took them to within two games of completing a clean sweep of trophies last spring.
Jurgen Klopp says the pursuit of history may have left Liverpool physically and mentally spent
Liverpool became the first team to play every match in every competition in a campaign that culminated in a Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid, the last of 63 fixtures.
It has since been evident that many players have struggled to reach their best form.
When asked if their efforts over the last 12 months had taken a toll, Klopp replied: ‘It must have. We can say that now.
Liverpool (above) became the first team to play every match in every competition in a season that culminated in a Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid, the last of 63 fixtures
‘There was no book written about it, there was no data about it. There was nothing about it because nobody played that many games ever before.
‘Outside the club they are speaking as if we are bottom of the table. There are times when you just have to get through it.’
The Reds currently lie seventh in the league table, 16 points behind leaders Arsenal.