Jurgen Klopp stressed the importance of injury problems in Liverpool’s “tough spot” as they try to find more consistency this season.
The Reds are currently eighth in the Premier League following a 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, their third top flight defeat of the season.
They have had a number of unavailable players and while Darwin Nunez and Ibrahima Konate may return from injury in Wednesday’s Champions League game against Ajax, the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota remain to be part.
Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are ineligible as they were not included in the Reds squad for the group stage.
Boss Klopp – whose team will seal qualification for the round of 16 if they avoid defeat at the Johan Cruyff Arena – said at the press conference on Tuesday: “We see the performances and they are not as stable and consistent as they were, that’s clear. Explanations for this: a little bit of injuries.
“We haven’t been able to achieve such consistent performance, that’s the point we know. But now we were in a really good time until we lost to Nottingham Forest, in a strange match, with a lot of problems for us: some players got injured, others couldn’t play but they were there, let me tell you this way . Then you play against a deep defending team and lose a game after a set piece that we should win.
“Do I expect us to play better, consistently? Yes. Am I ready to take the necessary steps to get there? Yes. Great performance at a consistent level doesn’t fall off the trees, you have to work for it and you have to try it in the long run.
“That’s what we’re doing. We are working to try to turn every screw and we will do it without being nervous or thinking that something is going against us.
We know it is a difficult situation, it will be difficult tomorrow against Ajax. But I think it still makes sense to be optimistic, and that’s what I am ”.
Asked if he was close to clicking for Liverpool, Klopp said: “What you need when he’s really clicking is consistency in the lineup as well, and at the moment we can’t do that, for nothing.
“It starts with injuries, then the problem is that players who don’t have injuries have to play too often, and injured players, when they come back, have to play very often too soon.
“And then they come back and play and then they have another one, not injury, but stuff, and then the medical department says they can’t play more than 20 minutes, they shouldn’t, they shouldn’t, and these things like that, and that’s it. that you go to a Premier League game, with a team with a knife in their teeth. So it’s complicated.
“And obviously that situation isn’t resolved overnight. Yes, the players are returning. But you asked if Ibou (Konate) is now ready to play. Yesterday he trained well on the first day. He wasn’t that long, but he had a muscle problem: does it make sense to take him inside for 95 minutes? I’m not sure.
“Same with Naby, she needs to train, Oxlade, she needs to train. They are not both in the Champions League squad anyway because everyone told me they would be out longer, but now they are back, which is good.
“Curtis (Jones) is back, few others are and of course, that’s all useful. No complaints, no complaints: it’s just a situation “.
Klopp added: “We will see what we can do tomorrow. I can’t wait for the game to come, I’m very positive, it’s the Champions League, it’s Ajax, the big names, the big game, everything is fine. We have enough players here, so we’ll try our best.
“With the squad we have at the moment, our squad isn’t too small, we’ve had too many injuries and that’s a problem. But we have enough players here for tomorrow, so good news. “