Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says confidence is quick to lose and acquire in football ahead of Sunday’s clash with struggling Newcastle.
The Reds have lost just once under Klopp’s reign and the German says he is expecting to add another win to his CV at St James’ Park
“I have never had a problem with too much confidence,” Klopp told a press conference.
“We expect to win the game. We always do. But we have the same thinking. It doesn’t mean we don’t have respect (for Newcastle)
“To be prepared for a game, you have to know as much as you can about the situation. Everything is motivation.
“Confidence is like a small flower. If you have it, somebody can kick it in the game and you don’t have it. And if you don’t have it, you can get it back easily.
“We have to be concentrated from the first second. If you travel to Newcastle, you have to get as many points as you can. We have to be prepared.
“We had a real good analysis of the Swansea style, then they came to Anfield and played completely different. But if they think we should win easily, then I don#t care. We must be prepared.”
Klopp could be prepared to throw Jordan Henderson in from the start on Tyneside. The Liverpool skipper has been sidelined with a foot problem, but Klopp revealed the midfielder has made giant strides in the last two weeks.
“Hendo (Henderson) is a good example of why players must be handled differently. Hendo is a worker, he needs to be absolutely fit and that is the difference,” added Klopp.
“It’s better for him how we did it in the last two games, but it’s perfect to have him back as an option to bring into the game.
“I haven’t decided who will start yet. Hendo has made a big step in the last two weeks, and that’s the best news. He feels good.
“We must give him time to come in. I like optimism. But with Phil (Coutinho) we were too optimistic. He trained nearly normally, but he doesn’t feel comfortable.
“We have to be careful with the muscle. We will wait, I can wait, until he is available.
“Wednesday/Sunday is ok for recovery. It’s possible we could play the same team again.”
Daniel Sturridge is set to keep his starting spot after Klopp confirmed the England man is “available”.
“Obviously he did well in the last game. The plan before the game was to give him 55-60 minutes. Good for him and good for us.
“Of course, he felt each muscle after the game. That’s normal. But in this moment he is available for the weekend,” said Klopp.