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Monday 27 March 2017

'Pool are suffering

Boss Klopp believes confidence has been hit but he's still building

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his team are suffering from battered confidence as Liverpool welcome Wolves to Anfield for a massive FA Cup tie.

Defeat by Southampton in the League Cup semi-final in midweek means that the FA Cup could well be Liverpool's only chance of silverware this season and a poor result would leave Klopp ill-prepared to meet runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday night.

"How could the confidence be the same after these results?" said Klopp. "Of course, it has changed. Of course, there has been an influence. If we suffer, it is a little bit like building a house. You start and you are full of enthusiasm. In the summer, everything is good and you think you will be in within a few months.

"But then you get to winter and the weather is difficult. We are still building," he said.

Trying to lift his players out of their morale trough, Klopp remains relentlessly upbeat and insists on looking forward rather than back.

"We have the next chance on Tuesday. Then next Saturday. I am looking forward.

"If we lose both games, you will sit here next week and say: "Oooh? Bad mood!"

"But if we have won two games, nobody is talking about the semi-final," Klopp added.

"It is no problem for me to stay optimistic. I am really fine with the situation.

"I don't like the results but I see that we are fighting for each result. I am absolutely more than OK," the German said.

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