Injury results in mediocrity

Manager Jurgen Klopp blamed Liverpool’s poor injury record for their position inside the Premier League table just after watching his team draw 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Saturday.Liverpool, ninth in the table, took the lead by way of Philippe Coutinho’s classy side-footed finish however the in-form Harry Kane rescued a point for second-placed Spurs with a clinical strike that marked his 22nd league target of your season.”After this game, feel if there should be seven positions involving us,” Klopp told British media. “If not, then we have to think about how we can close this gap.”Usually it’s not my job to say this but we had quite a bit more injury challenges than Tottenham. With all the very same injury issues, who would have played for Tottenham?”Kane – challenge, (Dele) Alli – trouble. Then this development just isn’t doable with 25 games within a row. Or (Christian) Eriksen’s out. Plus (Jan) Vertonghen and (Toby) Alderweireld? They are the issues we’ve had to cope with.”Liverpool take on Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund in the 1st leg in the Europa League quarterfinals on Thursday and midfielder James Milner said the performance against Spurs showed the team was around the correct track ahead on the away leg.Dortmund knocked Tottenham out of the competition 5-1 on aggregate inside the earlier round.”There are positives inside the performance, there’s not also much to alter. We weren’t a million miles off,” Milner told the club website.”International breaks are in no way also simple… It is not an excuse but hopefully we can obtain that extra that we require… from being with each other more than these subsequent few days and go once again on Thursday.”