Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists that he is ‘not a clown’ and is working hard to resolve his team’s current problems.
The Reds have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions and after they appeared to get back on track after beating Tottenham, they were then humbled by struggling champions Leicester on Monday night.
The normally jovial Klopp knows he has a job on his hands if Liverpool are to secure a place in the top four of the Premier League and is up for the task ahead of Saturday’s visit of Arsenal.
“I am not a clown. I am not always laughing like crazy. We are all influenced by experiences. We don’t ignore the problems,” he said.
“My job is to make the players feel there’s a big chance to win it.”
Klopp is hoping a return to Anfield will make all the difference when the Reds take on Arsene Wenger’s men, particularly given how good his side were when they cruised past high-flying Tottenham last month.
He added: “It’s Anfield, our stadium and the last game we played there was fantastic. We want that feeling again.”
As for what to expect from Saturday’s visitors, Klopp added: “I can’t say too much about Arsenal. The start [of the season] was like it is in an ideal world, a free-flowing start.
“We are now in the middle of the season, and we thought it makes sense to try to deliver again on Saturday!”
“I am 100% optimistic again when I think about the Arsenal game on Saturday.”
Liverpool team news
In terms of team news ahead of the game, Klopp revealed that skipper Jordan Henderson will be missing again, while Dejan Lovren faces a late fitness test.
“Jordan is too soon for sure, Dejan we will see. He trained yesterday, now we have to see how he reacts on this.
“If nobody tells me different, we have to make a decision. He was out for four weeks, training three days. I’m not sure about it.”
As for Daniel Sturridge: “No, he’s not training. He was really ill. Now he has a strain in his hip muscle from a rehab session.”