Jurgen Klopp has admitted to saying “too many sh*t things” ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League date with Rubin Kazan.
Klopp famously claimed he wanted to play “heavy metal” football at former club Borussia Dortmund and when he was asked how he would describe Liverpool’s musical style since his arrival at Anfield last month, he said: “The problem in my life is I say too many sh*t things.
“I don’t know, we have to work to create a new kind of music but we are in a good way,” Klopp continued, after reducing the media to howls of laughter.
Klopp meanwhile has taken his strongest-possible side to Russia with the inclusion of youngsters, including the likes of Pedro Chirivella, Cameron Brannagan and back-up goalkeeper Ryan Fulton – kept to a minimum, although defender Connor Randall would also have travelled had he not picked up an injury in training yesterday.
Klopp’s policy is different to those of predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who on the club’s only other European trip this season left six senior players at home when they flew to Bordeaux in September.
Liverpool, who have had three successive 1-1 draws in Europe this season, at the very least have to avoid defeat in Kazan if they are to avoid a tricky conclusion to their Group B campaign.
They currently trail leaders Sion (on seven points) by three and are ahead of Kazan by only a point with Bordeaux to follow in their final home game ahead a trip to Switzerland in December.
Klopp was asked by a local journalist what he thought of the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan.
“We are not here for a visit. I hope you will see that tomorrow,” he added.
“We know it will be hard tomorrow and that is why the Europa League is a very big challenge.
“We are here to do our best and if we need to work hard for 95, 96 minutes then we shall do this.”
Klopp, whose men could not overcome the 10 men of Kazan at Anfield last month, admitted it will be another tough assignment.
“It’s not always the biggest advantage to play 11 v 10. Kazan did well. We had our chances. It will be hard here.”