Liverpool’s demanding schedule during the previous 12 months, according to Jurgen Klopp, is to blame for his team’s troubles this season.
Liverpool played 63 games in the 2021–22 season while going all the way in the FA Cup, EFL Cup, and Champions League. Since then, they have struggled with a variety of injuries.
The Reds are on the verge of losing out on Champions League qualification for the first time since finishing eighth in the 2015–16 season as they currently sit seventh in the Premier League standings with eight victories from 17 games. They are seven points behind the top four.
On Friday, Klopp told the media that a lot of Liverpool’s issues may be ascribed to “bad luck.“
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“Could anybody know how the last season of 63 games could influence this season?” he said. “I don’t think anybody could know. It must have – we can say that now.
“We had holiday, not too much, there were games here and the boys all looked fine. Then it started with Diogo [Jota] coming back from international duty and getting injured and then bam, bam, bam.
“Luis [Diaz] twice, Darwin [Nunez] suspended and now injured. Earlier in the season midfielders were not available so we brought in Arthur [Melo] who then got injured. There is a lot of bad luck.”
He added: “We were in a super-positive mood, we could have won everything and then all of a sudden we don’t win everything. Just because we are Liverpool doesn’t mean we are not allowed to have problems.
“When you are Liverpool and the distance to the Champions League gets bigger then it feels like you are bottom of the table – but thank God we are not. There are a lot of games to come and players to come back.”