Jurgen Klopp is set for a tough time as Liverpool enter a hellacious week of football. The Reds will struggle.
Liverpool host Everton tomorrow in what will be an intense Merseyside derby. That’s how both managers see it, anyway, with Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard hoping things don’t cross the line.
They frequently do, after all – no Premier League fixture has had more red cards. It’s yet another intense game for Liverpool, too. They go into this one having faced Manchester United on Tuesday and Manchester City the previous Saturday.
Before that was Benfica, which succeeded City in the league, which came after Benfica again. It’s been a ridiculous run of games that pulled the best out of Liverpool.
And yet, things are going to get tougher. This might actually be the toughest week of Klopp’s managerial career coming up.
Jurgen Klopp faces hellacious Liverpool week
Liverpool will host Everton, as we saw, and things could well get physical. The players are highly unlikely to leave the pitch feeling fresh, yet they face Villarreal in a Champions League semi-final only three days later.
That will be a slug, too, as we can’t imagine Villarreal will head to Anfield wanting a quiet game. Managing the players for those two is hard enough – let alone with the early Saturday kick-off against an in-form Newcastle United following it.
Liverpool are concerned about that one. Enough that they tried to move the kick-off time, only for the Premier League to reject their request. It comes under 72 hours after the Villarreal trip, which comes barely 72 hours after the derby.
We have no idea how Klopp keeps things fresh and strong over these three games. It will be tough on players, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk potentially starting all of them.
This is what it will take to compete on three more fronts, though. Liverpool can’t afford to slip up and this could be the ultimate test of Klopp’s management.