Liverpool boss Klopp doesn't care in regards to the loyalty of the gamers
Jurgen Klopp insists he has no doubts about his players' loyalty but said if a member of his Liverpool squad wants to leave, they will be shown the door.
Liverpool's dismal form continued Thursday when they lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea – a fifth straight loss at Anfield, a club record.
The Reds have not won a home game in the Premier League since December 16, while they are four points behind the Champions League places with 12 games remaining.
Sunday's home game against Fulham offers Liverpool a good chance of getting back on track, at least on paper, although they only drew 1-1 at Craven Cottage earlier in the season.
Liverpool have never lost a home game in the Premier League against a newcomer under Klopp (P15 W14 D1), while Fulham only won two of their 26 away games against the reigning top champions (D3 L21) against Ipswich Town 1-0 in March 1963 and Manchester United 3-1 in October 2003.
With the title way out of reach, Klopp has already acknowledged that the only goal is to get a top 4 result despite the tough competition. West Ham, Everton, Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United are all ahead of Liverpool, while Tottenham, Aston Villa and Arsenal could also envision catching the Reds.
When asked if he was worried about missing out on the Champions League, his star players might ask to leave, a bullish Klopp told a press conference: "This is nothing to worry about.
“I know we have loyalty. I know them well enough. If a player wants to leave because we're not in the Champions League, I don't want them. I am not worried about that.
“We all expect more. We are realistic about the things we do. I don't feel like the team is leaving me alone in the fire, it's just like that.
“Nobody speaks in the club, nobody talks about me. In Germany it is typical for the CEO to answer the questions. The situation here is different. The owners want me to sort out the situation. "
However, should the worst-case scenario arise, Klopp is confident that this will only be a temporary mistake.
"This club will not be a Champions League regular," he added. “The potential and the power. The team, the squad – if not everyone is injured. We are ready to fight.
“This club is in a really good position in difficult times, better than others, I would say. Nobody has to worry about the future, it is in good hands. That is the best basis for a good future. "
Klopp also stressed that key player injuries – mainly in his defense, with substitutes Jordan Henderson and Fabinho suffering from problems at the time – were the main cause of Liverpool's loss of form.
“I can't really tell people what to think. If you want to doubt me, I think the team makes it possible, ”said Klopp when asked if he understood any doubts about his ability to change the situation.
"If you are right about the situation, it's a difficult year where the unity can be shown in a special way. The guys haven't changed, the situation has changed.
“The reason is the injuries, but we had a really good team last night, but we faced a really good team. You can always lose this game. If someone wants to doubt us, I can't change that. "