Thursday, 15 August 2019

There is no time to reward the players - Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted the game against Chelsea was a hard-fought one and there wouldn't be time to reward the players.

The Super Cup game against Chelsea yesterday was a tough game for Liverpool, Chelsea came out stronger than they were on Sunday against Manchester United and it was no surprise when they grab the first goal of the game through a good finish by Olivier Giroud.

Liverpool levelled in the 36th minute through Sadio Mane and also took the lead again in extra-time through the Senegalese international.

The lead didn't last long as Chelsea was awarded a controversial penalty which was neatly taken by Jorginho. However, Liverpool were the Champion of the night after winning 5-4 on penalty shootout.

After the game, Klopp told reporters there wouldn't be time to reward the players for the hard fought victory has they have got a game against Southamptom on Saturday.

'Actually, we don't have time for that, we play on Saturday again. We have to find a way to be ready for that game,' Klopp said

'After 90 minutes I think, when it was to the final whistle, Frank Lampard asked me, "Where do you play and when do you play?" And I said, "Saturday at Southampton." And he said, "Oh, congratulations".

'Nobody wanted extra-time tonight. They play Sunday at home to Leicester but they played on Sunday [last week] so there was no advantage tonight, but for the next game it will be pretty tough.'

'But we have to be ready again and that's my present to the players, to help them recover that they are ready for the game. They don't ask for anything like that, it was a big fight tonight.'

'I didn't know before the game how good it would feel when you win it, but it's brilliant, it's really big. The atmosphere in the stadium was outstanding, it shows again wherever we go, our supporters are already there. I don't know how many fans were from Istanbul but I can only say thank you to Istanbul because it was just a brilliant atmosphere.'

'We would have loved to bring our weather to turkey for one day because it was really intense, but it's done. We came through. We won it and the boys feel really good, I feel really good, so everything is okay.'

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