Jurgen Klopp admits he ‘HATES’ international breaks because they are not ‘helpful’, as the Liverpool boss reveals he is sweating on the fitness of Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson for crucial clash against Arsenal
- Top-flight club football returns this weekend following the international break
- Liverpool’s last match before the break saw them lose 3-2 at West Ham United
- The Reds will look to return to winning ways at home to Arsenal on Saturday
Jurgen Klopp has expressed his delight at the international break being over, after revealing his ‘hate’ for them.
Top-flight club football has taken a backseat since November 7 – with World Cup qualifiers for next year’s showpiece in Qatar taking precedence in that period instead.
It has left Klopp stewing on Liverpool’s first defeat of the season for 12 days – a 3-2 Premier League loss at West Ham United – and the Reds manager is ecstatic he now his full contingent of stars back so they can focus on the visit of Arsenal on Saturday at Anfield.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is back smiling again after the international break is now over
‘I hate international breaks,’ he said during Friday’s pre-match press conference. ‘Although, it helped from injury point of view.
‘Coaches have their own targets and very often think they have to do physical work with the players.
‘The break was not helpful, I would have loved to have played the week after [West Ham].’
Liverpool could go top of the Premier League by Saturday night, if results go their way.
Liverpool’s last game before the international break was a 3-2 league loss at West Ham United
The Merseysiders host an in-form Arsenal and could face them without captain Jordan Henderson and left back Andy Robertson.
The pair are both injury doubts and Klopp has admitted he will give them as much time as possible before making a decision on their selection status.
‘So, Hendo [Henderson] and Robbo [Robertson] have not trained with team yet,’ he continued.
‘They’re doing recovery and rehab stuff but they are pretty close and it’ll be a late decision [on their fitness].’
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is a fitness doubt for Saturday’s clash against Arsenal
As is left back Andy Robertson – who suffered a problem on international duty with Scotland