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  • Fitness-wise then, how is Naby?

  • He trained.

  • And Jordan, has he got a chance for Atletico next week?

  • Yeah. But not for Bournemouth.

  • Oh, Shaq is not involved yet, and unfortunately Ali is out.

  • Alisson had, in training before the Chelsea game, a little incident,

  • we all thought it was nothing, it was clear that he wouldn't play anyway,

  • the plan was that he would be on the bench,

  • and then we thought, "We don't have to take any risk" and left him out of the squad.

  • Scan next day, and they found something, so now he is out.

  • We will see next week for sure, and then we'll see.

  • - What's he done? - Muscle.

  • Slightly, in the hip region.

  • A small muscle, you could all do your work still,

  • but a professional goalkeeper, that's slightly different.

  • So, that's the situation.

  • The last time before now that you lost three of your last four games

  • was the end of the 2017-18 season, so does it have little impact on confidence

  • when you've been so consistent since then,

  • or does it mean a bigger job for you to lift the players,

  • because it's almost like a shock to the system when you have that kind of run of form?

  • It's a mix of all of that. Of course winning gives you confidence, losing costs you it,

  • that's completely normal, you start thinking about different things,

  • but how you said, OK, it's a long while ago, but one defeat feels like two defeats,

  • it's not a massive difference. It's just how you get back on track immediately,

  • and you can do not by hoping that things click better than the game before,

  • you just have to work really hard, you have to fight your way back on track,

  • that's always how it is, it will never be different.

  • That's what we have to do, all together, on Saturday.

  • Not even 24 hours from now, we have to do that as a unit, with our supporters together,

  • and just not wait for the perfect moment, work towards a very good moment,

  • a super moment, whatever, being perfectly protected,

  • because the way opponents play against us is not new.

  • They have a defensive block and go for counter-attacks, use set-pieces and stuff.

  • Bournemouth are especially dangerous around set-pieces,

  • I think they score around about 50 per cent of their goals from them, impressive,

  • so we have to be 100 per cent spot-on there.

  • We have to play football, force our way through,

  • accelerate and switch the sides, use small spaces to create big spaces,

  • and we have to be perfectly protected because of the counter-attacking threat,

  • with King, Wilson and Fraser especially.

  • That's the job to do and that wouldn't have been different if we won the last few games.

  • We want to fight, and that's what we have to show.

  • I have to ask about this because it's impacting on the Premier League now,

  • the fair play handshake having gone, Liverpool won't have mascots on the pitch

  • for the foreseeable future because of the coronavirus outbreak,

  • the possibility of playing games behind closed doors has been talked about as well -

  • what are you being told, what information are you getting day-to-day as regards this?

  • And what advice, what protocol are you actually following?

  • My answer will not change to what I said after the Chelsea game,

  • of course we get information every day, we all see the news and stuff,

  • but apart from that, with our games in the Premier League,

  • we trust the things they tell us.

  • No handshakes, no handshakes. No mascots, no mascots.

  • And if there are some additional things to do from our club

  • these people sit together all week and think about what they can do

  • to decrease the probability of being infected. That's it, that's what we try,

  • nothing changed here really apart from...

  • Yeah, why should you give a handshake

  • in times when it's obviously not the right thing to do?

  • It's not that difficult to change that, and apart from that we have to do the normal stuff,

  • but like I said after Chelsea, people with much more knowledge who want to find solutions

  • for all of us, if they make decisions then we hope and trust that they are the right ones

  • and we follow them - easy as that.

  • You can set a top-flight record of 22 home wins in a row,

  • how proud does that make you and how much has Anfield...

  • When you first arrived as a manager, is it bigger and more crazy than you expected?

  • Yes, much bigger, but I realised that already a while ago.

  • The influence and impact of Anfield is much bigger than I thought.

  • Weve never really thought about statistics and stuff like this,

  • and in this moment it doesn’t feel like we won the last 21,

  • and that’s how defeats change things.

  • We would never - and have never - ignored the things that have happened to us,

  • result-wise, injury-wise, whatever.

  • We just have to create an atmosphere again tomorrow,

  • we have to use the atmosphere then,

  • but for that everybody needs to have the right mindset, our people as well.

  • It’s a situation and not only we - as a team - lost three of the last four,

  • our supporters lost them as well.

  • [Now] it’s about the reaction - really fighting back with an atmosphere that is exceptional.

  • We face an opponent in Bournemouth who have been fighting with all they have

  • to stay in the league for months already.

  • They had a really tough period with a lot of injuries;

  • not all of them, but now a lot of these boys are back,

  • especially the front-line is now back [to] what usually,

  • before the season, would be their front three,

  • even if they played a different system before it.

  • They are in a tough moment,

  • we respect that and we wish Bournemouth and Eddie Howe all the best,

  • but not in the game tomorrow.

  • It’s not about records, it’s about making the probability as big as possible

  • to win the next football match, that’s tomorrow and that’s what we prepare for.

  • It’s what we want to show.

  • And I know you always look at one game at a time,

  • you have a big week domestically and in Europe next week,

  • would getting a win tomorrow get you momentum,

  • and how important is that ahead of what's to come?

  • Look, you cannot hope for momentum, you have to work for momentum.

  • That’s what we want to do.

  • In the moment, we are completely focused on nothing else than the game tomorrow.

  • After that we have three days, which is a comfortable space between two games,

  • with Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for preparing the Atletico game.

  • Then we will try everything in that game.

  • Momentum, you never have it for long, it’s there for a moment

  • and then you have to work again and again for it.

  • In some moments it feels easier, but it's never easy, it's always difficult.

  • We want to win the game tomorrow anyway, so it would be great if we can use it.

  • We work to make it happen.

  • rgen, when you talk about the right mindset with the fans at Anfield,

  • we spoke after West Ham about it maybe being a bit nervous,

  • is it maybe because of the expectation,

  • the will for success and the gap you have at the top,

  • it's like, "This will happen",

  • but it's creating that atmosphere, do you think that's been missing a little bit?

  • No. Absolutely nothing to do with the atmosphere.

  • We lost at Atletico, we are not responsible for the atmosphere there,

  • it was a special one; didn't like it too much

  • but we have time to respond to that next Wednesday...

  • The atmosphere at Anfield, I mean...

  • The atmosphere at Anfield, I don't think I started the dialogue about that.

  • Yeah, I did ask you, just...

  • That doesn't make it right in the end.

  • If we are 2-1 down, what crowd in the world is 100 per cent sure we'll turn it around?

  • So far, our supporters, I would be the first to tell them,

  • but so far they are only responsible for the good things and not even a little bit

  • for the not-so-good things which happened.

  • I think everybody knows what we need: we need to play passes, we need to try things.

  • If you try things and they don’t work out, that’s all.

  • Not all the time, it's not like this, and it never was.

  • If you win a game 4-0, it's not that each pass leads to a goal-scoring opportunity -

  • so that’s what I mean with mindset.

  • As a team we have to be ready to try things which will not work out,

  • that’s how football works.

  • You cannot only play around the formations, you have to try to play through,

  • you have to play over, you have to take a risky pass, that’s how football is.

  • If you don’t try that then you decrease your own chances to win the game.

  • And for that, it would be nice if the crowd would be ready as well.

  • That is all I am talking about, it's not difficult.

  • The atmosphere will be as good as possible, I am sure,

  • I just mention it because I don’t want that anyone will forget it coincidentally.

  • rgen, because this is relatively uncharted waters for Liverpool -

  • this Liverpool team over the last two seasons certainly -

  • to lose three games out of four, since the Chelsea game have you

  • tried to do things maybe a bit differently in training or freshened things up?

  • Have you had a big meeting with the players to try and re-energise them?

  • No, we had a big meeting after the Watford game and after the Chelsea game

  • it would have been really silly from my side

  • if we change seven times [players] and then I tell the boys,

  • "You should have changed the situation for us."

  • I said it after the game, I liked a lot of parts of the game.

  • We conceded two goals, one after a counter-attack,

  • one after a super shot with - and I know nobody wants to hear it - a tricky ball.

  • Adrian usually saves that and if we don’t lose the ball beforehand

  • So they were two situations which were not like they should have been,

  • but apart from that it was a very intense game

  • against a very good Chelsea side,

  • from a team where we changed seven positions, so I was completely fine with that.

  • It’s difficult to mention that for a football manager after a game you lose,

  • because nobody wants to hear it, but that’s the truth.

  • We had our situations, two big, big moments

  • where we couldve scored but didn’t.

  • In that game that we won at Chelsea months ago we scored in these moments.

  • That’s sometimes the only difference.

  • After Watford, that was the moment when I thought now we have to talk

  • in a slightly different and maybe more detailed way.

  • That’s what we did, but then everybody asked about the reaction

  • showing in the Chelsea game -

  • I saw a reaction but not all the players had really something to do with the game before.

  • It’s justcarry on’ - I cannot make the same meeting all three days,

  • that doesn’t work. Chelsea was Chelsea, we are out of the FA Cup,

  • we were out of the FA Cup last year [and] I forgot

  • where we left the competition last year.

  • We didn’t want to have that, but it is. We lost that game last year

  • and then the Premier League game we lost last year was in January,

  • so that’s how it is, it’s not new.

  • The opponents - Watford were strong, us not so much, an away game at Atletico,

  • how can I say we have to win there clearly, in the way they approach the game?

  • It’s really difficult, a lot of teams would have struggled.

  • And now Chelsea, that’s it. We don’t underestimate it, really,

  • it’s not that we think, "That’s nothing, normal."

  • It’s actually for us the opposite of normal,

  • but to find the way back you cannot change things just like you want,

  • you have to rely on the things that were good before

  • and were maybe good in the games you lost.

  • Just do it in a higher intensity, do it on a higher concentration level,

  • force it more in some moments, all that stuff.

  • There are a lot of things you can do without changing it completely and that’s what we try.

  • Is it a concern as well the lack of goals in the three games you've lost,

  • but maybe more importantly, not creating chances against Watford either

  • and in the game over in Madrid?

  • I know how good they are defensively,

  • but generally not creating as much as you normally do.

  • It's difficult to not create headlines because you are all waiting for me to say something

  • and if I use now the word you use, that is the headline.

  • I am not that much in that mood, but I am not blind.

  • I see that we didn’t score and I see that we didn’t create in these moments -

  • that’s what we are working on, 100 per cent.

  • We never took it for granted before and now we don’t think it is impossible to do it again,

  • it’s just about how we set up, how we do the things,

  • how clear we are in the moments and how good we deal with the little setbacks

  • in football games, because they are always there and were always there. That’s it.

  • In a lot of moments we could have done better,

  • we know that 100 per cent and that’s what we are working on,

  • but we don’t take it now for granted that from now on we will not score more

  • and from now on they will score with each chance they have, that’s not like it is.

  • We know that if we perform on our highest level,

  • and actually there’s nothing else we want to do tomorrow,

  • then it will be difficult for Bournemouth, and we should not forget that as well.

  • It’s not that it will be an easy game for Bournemouth tomorrow,

  • but we don’t go in the game and think,

  • "Bournemouth, let’s tick the box and carry on and think about Atletico" - not at all.

  • We are 100 per cent focused on this game.

  • The boys want to get a result, the boys want to respond in the right way

  • and that’s what we have to show because it’s not important what we say in meetings,

  • it’s important what we show on the pitch

  • and for the first time since Chelsea we have the opportunity tomorrow at 12.30.

  • Have you gathered from training in the last few days that the lads are getting over it

  • and moving towards regaining the confidence

  • that you've had in spadefuls throughout the season?

  • Training was good, training was good.

  • I am not sure how you think we could train after the games we played,

  • so the boys who played against Chelsea they had yesterday

  • second-day recovery - we cannot change that.

  • That’s sports science, so that is not a day for showing a reaction.

  • The boys who didn’t play, they enjoyed their football a lot in the sessions

  • we had since then, but that was not really different before.

  • I get it, again, that you ask it, but the only answer we can give is on the pitch.

  • It's not here, it's not in the meeting. I cannot explain it good enough,

  • we cannot speak about all the things we are talking about

  • because I have to talk to my players.

  • People might say it’s a difficult situation, but I think it’s rather interesting, to be honest.

  • I think it’s really interesting and that’s my job,

  • it’s my work I have to do,

  • to help the players to be now back where we want to be and where we think we belong.