Klopp: Pool are strongest I've worked with
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his current squad is the strongest he has ever worked with.
Despite the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million last month, the former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund boss admits the group of players at his disposal is making life difficult for him in terms of leaving people out.
Last Wednesday’s 5-0 thrashing of Porto in the last-16 of the Champions League was achieved without the suspended Emre Can and long-term injured Nathaniel Clyne but - even so - there was no room in the match day 18 for the likes of Dominic Solanke, Ragnar Klavan and Ben Woodburn, the youngest scorer in the club’s history.
“It’s really hard in the moment to make the squad,” Klopp, who became the first Liverpool manager to register five five-plus goal away wins, said.
“Wow, I’ve never had a situation like that with the quality of the players not being in the squad.
“They all have made really big steps. Dom Solanke was not in the squad but is in outstanding shape at the moment. Ragnar Klavan, unbelievable. Ben Woodburn makes steps and is really close to everything.
“It’s difficult, it’s getting more and more difficult, but that’s good for us of course.”