Klopp responds to touchline ban and praises four Liverpool stars ahead of ‘super emotional’ game
During his latest press conference, Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp responded after it was announced that he has received a two-match touchline ban.
On Thursday evening, it was announced that Klopp has been fined £75,000 and will be banned from the touchline for two games after he hit out at referee Paul Tierney.
Klopp has admitted that he anticipated a longer ban and he hopes the money from his fine goes to a “good cause”.
“I expected a punishment. It’s OK. I would like to know where the money goes and if it’s for a good cause. Apart from that, the people around me were negative – they thought it would be longer,” Klopp told reporters.
On James Milner, Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving, he added: “This game is super difficult for a number of reasons.
“We have spoken with the boys this week that it’s super difficult and super emotional. We say goodbye from my point of view to four Liverpool legends.
“We love them. But it’s professional football and nothing is forever, that’s how it is. It is a good moment because it means one chapter will be closed and we can start writing a new one. I will be forever thankful to them. Without them, nothing would have happened.”
Liverpool’s top four hopes were dealt a blow on Thursday night as Newcastle United beat Brighton 4-1. The Magpies now need just one win from their last two games to guarantee themselves a spot in the Champions League.
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Klopp’s side are one point behind Man Utd – who still have a game in hand – and he knows his team “have to win all the games” remaining to gatecrash the top four.
“I never had hope for that. I don’t need that. I know we have to win all the games, and there’s maybe a chance,” Klopp continued.
“I watched the game last night but wasn’t disappointed when Newcastle scored. The only time I was like that was when Vincent Kompany scored! Whatever Newcastle get, they deserve.”
Liverpool host Aston Villa at Anfield this weekend and Klopp is expecting a “tricky” game.
“Villa’s football is like Villarreal a little bit when Unai was there. It will be tricky. But we have to make it tricky for them, and it’s become a bit more tricky for teams playing us lately,” he admitted.
On Liverpool’s team news, he added: “Darwin [Nunez] will not be available, he has inflammation of the tendon in his toe, very painful. He hasn’t trained. Long-term injured are out, but all the rest should be available. The long-term injuries are still out.”
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