Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is ‘full of energy’ and does not need a break from football.
Some reports on social media over the weekend suggested Klopp might resign following Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat at Leicester on Saturday, a result the German believes ended the champions’ hopes of retaining the Premier League title.
Liverpool have now lost three consecutive league matches for the first time since November 2014 and are 13 points behind leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
Klopp, who was unable to return to Germany recently for his mother Elisabeth’s funeral because of coronavirus travel restrictions, received a show of support from some Liverpool fans in the form of a banner outside Anfield and assured them he is not going anywhere.
“Did I get the sack or did I leave by myself? I don’t need a break,” he said. “The banner is nice but not necessary. I don’t feel I need special support at the moment.
“Look, the last thing I want to do is to talk about private things in a press conference, but everybody knows, privately, we had a tough time – that was not only over three weeks, it was for a much longer time and we always deal with it as a family.
“I’ve worked in football for 30 years and as a coach for 20 years. I can split things and switch off. I don’t carry things around. If I’m private, I’m private, if I’m football and in my workplace, then I’m here.”
Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool boss in 2015 and signed a contract extension until 2024 in December 2019, six months after winning the Champions League.
Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years soon followed but Klopp’s side now have 30 fewer points than they did at the same stage last season – the biggest drop by any reigning champions in top-flight history – following a run of two wins in their previous 10 Premier League games.
Klopp added: “We will solve this challenge by playing football and fighting with all we have. That’s the plan we have.”
By Sky Sports