Klopp: ‘If you have problems with your wife…’

Date published: Monday 2nd November 2015 8:33

Jurgen Klopp insists he is more keen to develop his current Liverpool players than buy new ones, adding: “If you have a problem with your wife, you don’t want to change every day.”

Klopp oversaw his first victory as Liverpool manager on Saturday, beating Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge to pile more pressure on managerial rival Jose Mourinho.

With the winter transfer window looming, the Reds have been constantly linked to new players, including Neven Subotic and Ilkay Gundogan of Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund.

However, Klopp has dismissed theories that he will replace his current under-performing players with new ones to suit his system.

“I have been here three weeks,” said Klopp. “Everyone tells me: ‘You want to buy this player and this player’.

“But development is to work with the players you have. It’s like if you have a problem with your wife, you don’t want to change every day.”

Klopp also reserved particular praise for Philippe Coutinho, whose two-goal salvo helped beat Chelsea and lift Liverpool to 8th in the Premier League table.

“I love this player. Who can’t love Phil Coutinho?” said Klopp. “I don’t expect all day perfection. I expect you to work to get better every day.

“That is how we make the next steps. I’m not interested in what happened before.

“I’ve spoken to Phil, but my job is to help him, not to say what he is not doing good.

“He knows the last three games were not perfect, but he needs the games. He needs the experience in games to feel what is good and what is wrong. This is the perfect example. The start was not good, but we came back.”

The Reds are now just four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United in the race to qualify for the Champions League, but Klopp is not yet committing to a potential top-four challenge at such an early stage in his tenure.

The German said: “We have to improve ­everything and then we can talk about where we will be in the table but, in November, we cannot talk.”

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