Jurgen Klopp says all of Liverpool’s players will be judged on a season-by-season basis – but Simon Mignolet is set to sign a new contract at Anfield.
Liverpool host Arsenal on Wednesday evening 12 points behind the Premier League leaders but with the “weapons” to win, according to Klopp.
The German has added Steven Caulker to his squad to cover an injury crisis at the back, but he is not expected to do much, if any, business otherwise having stressed on several occasions that he is happy to work with the current set of players for the rest of the season, at which point he will make proper judgements.
“There is pressure on all of us, but it’s not the time or the moment to think of it,” the Liverpool manager said. “I feel pressure before each game and between them, of course, but only to develop and improve as quickly as possible. I have to accept the situation. I don’t know which is our best game. I think: ‘Let’s recover for three days, on the fourth and fifth days train, sixth play again and take the next step.’ But that’s a dream world. You have to react in a normal one. For the players it’s the same.
“I always say with players that I don’t sign contracts but it’s a contract for one year – a very good season the player can leave, a very bad one and the club will let the player leave. Anything can happen. In this year we are only focused on trying everything to make a season that when we are old and grey we can look back and say it was really worth it, that we found new friends, had success, all those things. It’s an agreement. You have to try things. Pressure is there but the art is only to feel the pressure to win games.
“Now we have a new chance against Arsenal, a really good team, but we have weapons to be a real opponent in this game. What more could you want? One of [the] best teams in world, one of [the] best in the Premier League for sure and we can battle them, we can beat them. That’s what we want, we don’t think about the rest of the season, only this.”
While many of Liverpool’s players are still battling to prove themselves to Klopp, Mignolet is reported to have agreed in principle a new five-year contract that will keep him at Anfield until 2021.