Jurgen Klopp says he’ll even make medals himself for his Liverpool trio who are short on games. He won’t simply hand out appearances, however.
Liverpool have six games remaining this season but are already champions, of course. But not everyone in the squad is guaranteed their medal.
Three players haven’t made the necessary five appearances to definitely get one. There’s no surprise who they are, either – Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott.
The teenagers have made two substitute appearances each, leaving them three short. Klopp says he’ll get them medals, though, even if he has to make them himself.
“These guys will get a medal 100%, even if I have to produce one myself,” said Klopp, per the Guardian. “They can have my medal.”
But the Liverpool boss won’t simply hand out the appearances to guarantee five.
“If they are part of the squad they deserve the medal but we don’t give Premier League appearances away as Christmas presents; we cannot do that,” said Klopp. “They will not play just because I want to see them in a Premier League game.
“We want to win and to win football games the best players have to be on the pitch. If the young boys are part of these best players then they will be on the pitch – but we won’t give them Premier League matches just for fun. They cannot be handed out like sweets.”
What RTK has to say
In truth, the young trio will get their medals with or without Klopp actually making them (although, we have a feeling he’s joking). Liverpool will get 40 and after making sure everyone with five appearances has one, they can distribute the rest as they wish.
That probably helps Klopp with his stance on appearances. He doesn’t want to hand them out as charity and thus the youngsters will need to earn them – even with nothing to play for.
And so it seems the standards at Liverpool still aren’t slipping – it’ll be nothing but the best. That’s an attitude they need to demonstrate, however, after the disappointment on Thursday at Manchester City.