Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are no better equipped to deal with an injury crisis now than they were under Brendan Rodgers, who he says is a “brilliant manager”.
Liverpool won only three of their first 11 games of the season under Rodgers but have since gone on to pick up four wins, three draws and only one defeat in eight games following the appointment of Klopp.
However, Rodgers was not helped by a raft of early-season injuries, and Klopp is wary of the effect a similar crisis could have on results under his stewardship.
“We have to be very careful,” he said. “If something serious happens [injuries] then we have a big problem. We have to work, that’s all.
“Somebody asks us if we can go to the top then it’s not my problem. I don’t think that way. The money is in the Champions League, but I can’t promise it now. It’s hard work.
“They changed the manager here. It wasn’t because of the weather and it wasn’t a problem with Brendan Rodgers because he is a brilliant manager. But they had to change something.
“Only two weeks ago we lost to [Crystal] Palace. I can’t say that we are good enough, but if you want to write it you can.”
Liverpool’s latest win was their most impressive yet under Klopp as they beat Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium to climb a place to ninth.
Martin Skrtel pinpointed the changes made by Klopp, telling the Liverpool Echo: “You can see what a difference he has made.
“He’s very good tactically and he gives players belief. You see his emotion on the touchline.
“He’s a winner. He shows that every day in training and when it comes to the games.
“We wants us all to be the same – to be fighting for the team and fighting for the club and that’s what we’re all doing.”