Programme notesJürgen Klopp: Working harder and sticking together is the only solution
Jürgen Klopp insists only collective effort and hard work will enable Liverpool to return to their best.
The boss acknowledged his side demonstrated signs that their confidence levels are ‘not extraordinarily high’ after the Reds were held to a 3-3 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield.
However, as attentions turn to tonight’s home Champions League clash with Rangers, Klopp has used his notes in the official matchday programme to outline how he feels his side can return to top form – and it involves everybody playing a part.
He writes: “Something that I have to accept – and more importantly deal with – is that we are not in a period in which we are in our very best moment. I said a few times after our draw against Brighton at the weekend that our confidence needs to improve and it does, but this is not something that just happens.
“If there was an easy solution, something that allowed me to just click my fingers, then I would be doing it, but it has never been and will never be this simple.
“This is the challenge of football, though, and it is made bigger by the fact that as you are doing everything you can to find solutions, opponents are trying to give you problems.
"We haven’t been too bad at dealing with this over the years, however, so we know from our own experience that the best way through these periods is to stick together and to work even harder.
“This is a team issue and not an individual one. I know there is always a fascination with how individual players perform and if I’m honest sometimes the scrutiny can go too far, but I have been in football for long enough to know that the best way of getting individuals to play well is by getting the team to play well. Defenders are better when the team defends well, attackers are better when the team attacks well.
“This is why I always say everyone is responsible for everything. I say it because it is true and also because it is necessary. I know people outside of the club will focus on individuals but we will always concentrate on the collective and the things that we can do together that will allow us to improve.
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“I don’t know if this is a perfect formula but it is definitely the best one we have available and it hasn’t worked too badly for us up to now so we will stick with it.
“This applies also to our supporters. They are very much part of our being together. I said on Saturday that I could understand the way they were feeling and that was because it would have been very difficult for me to feel any different.
“The truth is this is a moment when we need them. We always need them, of course, but right now as we look to fight our way through a period that is testing us we need them as much as ever. They already know this, of course, so hopefully we can help them and they can help us.
“These are the occasions that should be enjoyed. We should never forget how hard it is to get to this stage, so when a tie like this one comes along we should do everything we possibly can to make the most of it.”