Liverpool: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits tiredness looks to be catching up with his players ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Sunderland.
Jurgen Klopp. Pics/AFP
Klopp’s side played nine games in all competitions in January before kicking-off their equally hectic schedule in February. "Leicester had 10 days off and we had three games, so if we could have played at the same intensity, absolutely even, like them then I think they would have done something wrong," said Klopp.
The Reds have won just once in that run to slip to eighth place in the table and there is little time for rest with the visit of Sunderland, fighting for their lives as they look to avoid relegation, the first of six games in the space of three weeks, culminating in the League Cup final against Manchester City on February 28.
No major new signings in the January transfer window have reduced Klopp’s ability to freshen things up as he continues largely with the squad he inherited from Brendan Rodgers last October.
He does have a couple of attacking players on the way back from injury as he looks to keep Liverpool challenging in the league, the FA and League Cups and the Europa League. Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi were both due to resume training and could be back to face Sunderland, who were beaten 1-0 by the Merseysiders at the end of December.
Daniel Sturridge has also resumed training following another spell on the sidelines but the injury-hit striker is not expected to return for Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round replay at West Ham next Tuesday.