Klopp cools Reds clearout talk, but has ‘final say’ on transfers

Date published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 1:35

Jurgen Klopp: Very much enjoyed win over Dortmund

Jurgen Klopp has denied claims he’ll wield the axe at Liverpool on the back of their Capital One Cup final defeat – and has again insisted he has the final say on transfers at Anfield.

Newspaper reports on Tuesday suggested Klopp was preparing for a huge squad overhaul this summer with a number of high-profile players facing the axe.

But Klopp insists he won’t make any snap judgements on one match only.

Speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash against Manchester City at Anfield, Klopp said: “I can’t make a final judgement on a players just because it was a final. I can’t say ‘I can trust him, I can’t trust him.’

“We only lost on penalties. I always learn about my players but not just on Sunday because it was a final.”

Klopp added: “We always learn. After this short time, you cannot be sure. We could have played better in the first half, it was not bad, but it could have been better. Could we play like this from the beginning? If yes, then we ask why. Even though it is a final, I cannot make final judgements. That is not how life or football is.

“When we have to make decisions we have to make it with a lot of information. The final is only one of those. The difference in this game was not too big between winning and losing.

“We have to think about a lot of things (for the summer). We work the whole day. We have to plan for the future.”

Klopp said he saw positives in the performance at Wembley, despite the likes of Jamie Carragher criticising their display.

The German added: “First of all, you have to analyse it. You cannot change the situation but take all the things from it. We can use the final experience, maybe, in another final.

“We saw we are capable of really good things, we had more than 60% possession against a football-playing side – although it was a little bit because of the result. We created a few chances, not enough with the possession, but a few.”

Klopp on rematch with Man City

Liverpool have an immediate chance to exact revenge on City at Anfield, but Klopp says Sunday’s match will have no bearing on the latest encounter.

“We can’t change what happened on Sunday by winning on Wednesday but we have to show that we are ready again,” he said. “There’s a long way to go this season.“We did a lot of good things, just not enough. We proved we are strong. Now we need to do this tomorrow.”Klopp was then asked if he considers City as favourites to win the title, to which he offered an honest response.“The title race for us is not really interesting. That is not the best news, but that is the truth,” he concluded.

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