Klopp dismisses idea that midfield is an issue

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 28: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool shakes hands with Jordan Henderson of Liverpool after the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed the notion that he has issues to resolve with his midfield.

The German came in for a lot of criticism for selecting Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum as his three in the centre of the pitch against Paris Saint Germain this week.

He saw his team lose the Champions League tie 2-1 against the French champions and a lot of people were left wondering whether attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri should have been given the nod.

But the German was not in agreement and feels that he has no problems with his midfield – and cited how many goals Liverpool have conceded in the Premier League so far this season as evidence.

“Not as controlled? We’ve conceded five goals and you talk about our midfield is overrun.” he said.

“Sorry, I didn’t see that, I heard about that. Yes, we could’ve scored more goals, creativity. No, I don’t see any problems in midfield.” he added.

When asked by reporters if he could call upon the midfielders he signed in the Summer (Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita and Fabinho) for Sunday’s Merseyside derby, he said he could.

“Yeah, absolutely. The players had the whole week together.” he said.

“Most of the time, they talk to each other so they all know about it.” he added.

But he won’t be able to call upon the services of club captain Jordan Henderson, who is suspended after being sent off against Watford last weekend after picking up two bookings.

“He is not available so what should I do? Ask the FA or what? I thought that I should choose a team where I think they are ready, to be honest.” he said.

“I really don’t get a lot of your questions today but, sorry, maybe you are not happy with my answers. I don’t understand it, why should I think about that?

“Are they ready? We will see! We have to prove it. If I would say now, ‘I think we have a real problem with that, I don’t think we have enough time to make them ready for a derby’, what kind of idiot would I be?

“Ask a question where the answer is not clear on a plate. You ask a question, I say, ‘Yes, I think they are ready, but we have to prove it on Sunday’.” he finished.

Many Liverpool supporters will be hoping to see one or two of the new midfielders given a chance to show what they can do against Everton.

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