Jurgen Klopp has warned his famous Liverpool front three that he may have to break up their stranglehold if the goals do not start to flow.
The Reds boss has claimed he may have to “intervene” on his famed frontline if their profligacy in front of goal continues. Liverpool’s run of form since the turn of the year has been woeful and they face a battle to finish in the top four. Klopp’s men face Leeds at Anfield on Monday night, three points behind fourth-placed West Ham, albeit with a game in hand.
While Diogo Jota has broken the into Klopp’s side and registered some vital goals, the form of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has been concerning.
Mo Salah has continued to score goals and has 28 in total, but Mane and Firmino have scored just once each since the end of December.
Klopp, who is ‘in disagreement’ with FSG over the plan for the Reds to join the European Super League, said: “If we used a lot of the chances we wouldn’t stand here and talk about these things.”
Asked if he was tempted to change his forward line or wait for it to fix itself, he said: “Probably both. I think we all agree that with the quality the boys have they will score goals, but in this period where they don’t score you have to think do you intervene or just let it go?
“That is the job to do. That is the job to do. I think we all agree on that. If you would have used the chances you could have had a different game is kind of what people told me and I said, yes, that is a little bit like how the season was.
“We had more chances than the opponent. But that is normal. There is only one real chance – you have to carry on, trust yourselves still, you have to be positive and to go for it.”
The exit from the Champions League will give Klopp more time to work with his squad on the training ground and he has challenged his forward line to step up.
Klopp gets more time
“We had so many problems, but that will not be my problem between now and the end of the season. The more you train, the more important each session is,” said Klopp.
“It means everybody has a chance to show that he has to play. It is all about showing up, training well, giving your absolute all and make the decision for me as easy or as difficult as possible, however you want to see it, bring me or leave me out.
“That is the job of a player. What we all agreed to. I would be really dumb if I did not use these opportunities – seeing a player who is outstanding in training but I ignore it and play again the same other guys, that is not how it works.
“It is a big opportunity for everybody. The more you train the more you have an opportunity to show up and I hope they all do it.”