Key takeaways from Klopp’s West Ham press conference and preview

Jurgen Klopp provides West Ham Preview

Jurgen Klopp talked about injuries, his contract, Jarrod Bowen and the five-sub rule as he delivered a preview of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with West Ham on Saturday evening.

Injuries

Liverpool’s clean bill of health didn’t last long, did it.? In his West Ham match preview, Jurgen Klopp talked about Joel Matip, Curtis Jones, Roberto Firmino and Thiago injury layoffs.

While Bobby Firmino, Joel Matip, and Thiago are out for the clash against West Ham; Naby Keita and Curtis Jones are both doubtful.

Klopp said

From eight midfielders to three, four midfielders in a week,

That can happen easily.

West Ham preview

Liverpool can reduce the points deficit to Manchester City to just three points, after a win against West Ham at Anfield. The Reds need all three points, as a victory would certainly put pressure on City. Manchester also play their derby against United a day after Liverpool’s match.

However, it won’t be easy.

Liverpool have already lost against West Ham at the London Stadium and would look to rectify their mistakes and keep winning.

Jarrod Bowen praise

Liverpool had tracked the progress of Jarrod Bowen ever since he played for Hull City. However, no one would have imagined how integral he has become for the Hammers. He has scored 12 goals and assist 11 in 38 games so far. J

Jurgen Klopp showered praise over the English player and said:

Bowen…what a player he became, unbelievable!

We saw him as well at Hull and he was really good that time, but I’m not sure a lot of people expected this jump.

Unbelievable player.

Five Sub rule

Jurgen Klopp has always been a vocal supporter of the five-sub rule. However, the Premier League hasn’t bowed to these standards that are maintained elsewhere around the world. It was also evident in the League Cup final match, where Chelsea and Liverpool utilized their 5 subs in a thrilling encounter.

The Boss said:

Five subs, great, absolutely great and we have to keep talking about that,” he said.

The whole world is doing it and it helps football.

The game we played against Chelsea was one of the most intense games that I ever saw, for 120 minutes, [and was] only possible because we had five changes.

There’s no other chance to do that.

And by the way, [it was the same] in games before as well, because that’s why these players still have kind of the power to do that, because we could change five times in the cup competitions.

We have to discuss that until it happens, because it’s so necessary.

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