Diaz close & “positive” transfer talks – 5 key things from Klopp’s pre-Man City press conference

Jurgen Klopp was on good form as he addressed the media ahead of Saturday lunchtime’s showdown with Man City.

Here are the key talking points from the manager as he previewed the weekend’s clash…


An update on Luis Diaz

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 12, 2022: Liverpool's Luis Díaz during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 2 game between Liverpool FC and AFC Ajax. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Unsurprisingly, the boss was asked for an update on the fitness of Diaz following his long-awaited return to full training this week.

Klopp confirmed that the forward will not be available to face Man City, but spoke of his “really promising” progress.

“It is really fantastic to have him back, such an energiser and such a boost having him around,” Klopp told the press.

“We have to judge every day how he deals with the intensity, but it looks really promising so I think we are really in the final stages of him being back.”


A “super exciting” week

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 5, 2023: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp reacts during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 7-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The manager was in good spirits after an extended period away from action and told reporters that he was extremely excited about Liverpool’s challenging start to April.

The Reds begin the month with meetings against Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal in a nine-day stretch which Klopp described as being “like a Champions League week.”

An enthusiastic Klopp discussed how much he was looking forward to the challenge but remained realistic about Liverpool’s expectations, admitting he is “super excited” about what is to come.


A word on transfers

2KAHC3E Copenhagen, Denmark. 02nd Nov, 2022. Jude Bellingham of Dortmund is warming up before the UEFA Champions League match between FC Copenhagen and Dortmund at Parken in Copenhagen. (Photo Credit: Gonzales Photo/Alamy Live News

Klopp revealed that he is “positive” about the club’s summer plans when asked about potential incomings in the transfer window.

There has been no shortage of speculation around potential targets in the market, and without giving away too much the manager admitted that he is happy with the current progress.

Klopp divulged: “There are talks. No decision yet but we are busy, you can imagine.”


Disparity in form against the top and bottom sides

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 11, 2023: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah looks dejected after missing a penalty kick wide during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Despite losing eight league games so far this season, the Reds find themselves top of the head-to-head table between the league’s current top six.

This led to a question on Liverpool’s recent struggles against sides lower down the table, with Klopp unable to pinpoint a definitive reason for the perceived imbalance.

He explained: “When we are in the game we are strong, but we have to make sure we are in the game.”


The impact of Erling Haaland’s injury on preparations

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 18, 2023: Manchester City's Erling Haaland during the FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Manchester City FC and Burnley FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. Man City won 6-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While many Liverpool supporters are refusing to get ahead of themselves, Erling Haaland remains an injury doubt ahead of the weekend.

When asked about how the uncertainty affects his side, Klopp suggested that Haaland’s involvement has little baring on how his team prepares.

The manager implied he instead prefers to focus on avoiding the final pass: “That’s where Erling [Haaland] comes into the game.”