The Liverpool boss believes fixture congestion, which saw his side stretched with 10 games in 32 days from New Year’s Eve, was responsible for his side’s poor run in January.
And the two-legged semi-final of the EFL Cup, in which Liverpool were beaten by Southampton, was right in the middle of it.
Jurgen Klopp says the Chelsea boss got his tactics right by getting out of the competition in October.
Jurgen Klopp admitted being out of the EFL Cup would have helped their fixture congestion
Liverpool were knocked out by Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final
“We had a few moments when we didn’t deliver, didn’t perform – although not too often in the Premier League – but we should have been out of the EFL Cup last year,” he said.
“That would have meant two less defeats in this year in a moment when we needed each second for recovery and bringing a player back from injury, for recovery, for training.
“It didn’t help, but that’s how it is. We cannot make a wish-list and say ‘What do we want?’ We have to deal with all the circumstances.”
Liverpool train in Spain
Thu, February 16, 2017
Liverpool stars have been taking part in their first training session on their warm weather training camp in Spain
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Liverpool have been training hard at the warm weather camp in Spain
Chelsea progressed through two rounds of the EFL Cup, against Bristol City and Leicester back in August and Septembe,r before exiting West Ham.
And that enabled them to play with a settled squad through the toughest month.
“They left the EFL Cup when, before it started? I don’t even remember them playing one game in that competition,” said Klopp with a smile.
“I spoke to Antonio [at Anfield] and he mentioned that they had been able to play the same 13-14 players all the time. For me that’s been the big difference for them.”