Jurgen Klopp has explained why he is envious of both Chelsea and Tottenham.
The Liverpool manager is having to find solutions to what he describes as injury “problems” in his squad.
Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez are definitely out against Brighton, with Joel Matip a possibility to feature alongside Virgil van Dijk. If not, midfielder Fabinho will fill in.
But Klopp says Chelsea and Tottenham have managed to avoid a similar situation, with both sides managing to field squads “full of players I know” in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.
Who knew he was such a big fan of Oliver Skipp, Juan Foyth, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu?
“There is no game in the Premier League where you can count the three points beforehand. I like that. It is good,” he said.
“But we already have problems line-up wise. I saw Chelsea v Tottenham with both benches full of players I know, full squads. That means no kids around. Lucky them.”
On the injury “problems” he is facing, Klopp added: “They are not out for long. It’s not cool in this moment but in two weeks it will probably be okay.
“We are fine. A season is always like this. Who deals the best with their problems has the most success.
“Let’s play football. Nothing else. Using the quality and the potential of the boys in the best way we can, train on all-important things like different systems.
“Hopefully we don’t have a lot of normal weeks because we want to stay in the Champions League as long as possible.”