Football: Everyone playing for their future - myself included, says Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp standing on the sidelines during his team's matach against Leicester City on Feb 27, 2017.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp standing on the sidelines during his team's matach against Leicester City on Feb 27, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

ENGLAND (REUTERS) - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said everyone at the Premier League club was playing for their future following Monday's 3-1 loss by struggling champions Leicester City.

The Reds, who have managed just one win in 2017, have seen their title bid falter, dropping to fifth, 14 points behind leaders Chelsea with 12 games remaining.

"We are all playing for our future - myself included," Klopp told British media, taking much of the blame on himself.

"I don't think (the players) are not as good as I think they are, but they need my help to show it every week. I have said it a few times. When we lose, I feel maximum responsibility. Bad performances don't help anyone.

"I hope that by using always the word 'we' and not 'they', I show that I am involved in this. It's not a moment to make assessments like this, especially not in public. But to say the truth as often as possible, I have to."

Liverpool host fourth-placed Arsenal on Saturday in a vital clash in the race for a top four place and with it, Champions League qualification.