The Reds cut a tired bunch of players during Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea, with the squad looking light and nine matches in 31 days taking its toll.
While the scintillating front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have fortunately remained fit during the run-in, options have been more limited in defence and in midfield in particular.
“I’m really happy that this very intense period is over now because we have one week to prepare for Brighton.
“[It] will be a difficult game but we have one week—that feels like a year and we will use that.
“Hopefully they all came through the game then one week is fantastic.
“If one or two had little problems then one week is short as well but so far I didn’t hear anything and I hope it stays like this.“
Klopp remained typically calm about the situation, however:
“It’s my life, it’s our life, that we always make it a little bit more exciting.
“We had these situations a few times and it will be, for sure, exciting because Brighton is in a good moment, they played fantastic against [Manchester] United.
“But it’s all OK, as long as we have it in our own hands, life is good. We still have to take it then but we will try everything.”
Thankfully, Liverpool‘s superior goal difference makes them strong favourites to reach next season’s Champions League should they get all three points, or even one, but Klopp will need key men at their freshest and most potent at Anfield.
Falling short now would be a devastating blow, having been in the top four for a vast majority of the campaign.