Gary Neville Makes Huge Claim on Liverpool's Champions League Ambitions This Season

Silvia Morton
September 14, 2018

"If whoever it may be needs a rest and you've got a game in the Champions League on Wednesday night, then a real big Premier League game on the Saturday, rest the player [in] the Champions League".

"How do you prepare a game when you don't focus on it?"

"Last year, for example, we had no chance to focus on one competition because we had to qualify for the Champions League and I don't think that even Gary Neville would have said: "Quarter-finals of the Champions League, let City win". The others all had at least three weeks.

After heavy investment in the playing squad over the last 12 months, Liverpool are better to equipped to rotate than they ever have been during Klopp's time at Anfield. Fabinho is full of desire and wants to be involved and I have to tell him "You're not involved this week" and that's not nice.

"I think it's so clear, not only in his case, in all the players that have different situations, we are so clear, the club is so clear, when something happens we are going to communicate the news as soon as possible".

Klopp hit back at the former Red Devils skipper by claiming that he did not understand how to concentrate exclusively on one competition when at a club like Liverpool, who are expected to compete on all fronts.

The Liverpool manager insists that the Brazilian midfielder, who is said to be the player that this team has been crying out for, is fully fit and says it will take time for him to settle.

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Liverpool now sit joint top of the table with four wins from four and, galvanised by the summer purchase of Brazil No 1 Alisson Becker, have conceded just one goal so far in that impressive run.

"The plan was - and is still - he will make us better and that is what we are working on".

Meanwhile, Liverpool will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the league when they face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday. It was after we won 7-0 v Maribor.

Liverpool's intensity dropped between the West Ham and Leicester games but we've been more reliable on the defence so haven't paid the price.

"It was a kind of a wake-up call, to be honest", Klopp said.

"I could have changed five or six players that day", he added on Lovren's 20th minute substitution.

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