No issue with travel fatigue: Klopp

LONDON • Juergen Klopp said he has not had the time to analyse his first month at Anfield as he prepares for a seventh game in just four weeks.

But what the Liverpool manager definitely is not ready to do is use their Europa League exertions as an excuse for any potential underperformance against Crystal Palace in the Premier League today.

The Reds completed a round-trip of more than 6,500km following Thursday's 1-0 win at Rubin Kazan. And Klopp insisted that tiredness would only be felt if the side travelled by train or car. But his team have had a good rest on the plane.

"I don't believe that it's an issue. It's about how you feel," he told a press conference yesterday.

"Of course, it's better if you don't play midweek but it's only an advantage for Palace if we are not prepared to fight. If we wait for an easy game against Palace, then we have no chance. But if we fight and try to find solutions, we can do it.


If we fight and try to find solutions, we can do it. We are fit, we are healthy, young and we can do it.

JUERGEN KLOPP on facing Palace after a midweek Europa League game

"We are fit, we are healthy, young and we can do it."

Klopp is almost certain to make changes to the side who started in Russia, with Philippe Coutinho fit to play after being left on the bench in Kazan.

Adam Lallana, Martin Skrtel and Lucas Leiva, who appeared only as second-half substitutes, are also in line to return.

"We can make changes, we played without Martin, Lucas, Phil, Adam, so we have other players who can play," added Klopp.

Liverpool are unbeaten under the German, winning three and drawing three in all competitions.

And Klopp credited his predecessor Brendan Rodgers for laying the foundations at Anfield.

"I didn't have to teach the players how to play football. Brendan's work had done that," he said.

"Crystal Palace is difficult to play. They're really tall and you have to play special. We know about their transition game, their plan and we try to be prepared.

"It's not a big difference because we played against Chelsea, who were very organised and deep, and we played against Kazan too."

Palace have a good recent record over Liverpool, having scored three times in each of the last three matches with the Merseysiders.

Manager Alan Pardew revealed that he has identified weaknesses in Liverpool's defence, and believes his team can take advantage of them once again.

"I thought they've got a top-four squad in the summer, and that hasn't changed despite the change in manager," he said.

"They carry great players and great players can change games.

"We have to focus on what they're not good at and defending is an issue at the club so we'll look to exploit that."


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 08, 2015, with the headline 'No issue with travel fatigue: Klopp'. Print Edition | Subscribe