Jurgen Klopp to not need a break from Premier League management after poor season

Liverpool missed out UCL qualification for the first time in a full season under Jurgen Klopp.

The Premier League season is over and it’s a break for around two months for all clubs including Liverpool. However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp insists he does not need a break from Premier League management.

Liverpool had a tough season in 2022/23 as they failed to finish in the top four. They missed out UCL qualification for the first time in a full season under the German.

Sunday’s thrilling 4-4 draw at relegated Southampton took Liverpool’s unbeaten top-flight run to 11 games but they will play in Europa next season.

Asked if Klopp needs time off, the Liverpool boss replied: “No, no, no, not at all. Honestly, I’m completely fine.

“If you’d asked me 11 games ago, ‘do you want to have a break?’, I would have thought about it, to be honest.

“But I’m absolutely fine, full of energy.

“I have a break – I don’t have training and these kind of things. But a really busy period hopefully starts now in a different area of the game. I’m more than happy to do that.

“I will find time to reenergise and then we start again in July.”

Their fifth-placed finish was their lowest since they finished eighth in 2015-16 – the season during which Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.

Klopp admits his club has stuck together during some difficult moments and is determined that they regain a fear factor for rival sides.

“There is not a lot to learn (from the season) but a lot of clubs when the expectations are as high as ours when things don’t go well pretty quickly you start blaming each other,” he said. “That didn’t happen here.

“The better you behave in a crisis, the better you get out of it – and I really thought that was the case for us.

“We’re really, really not happy about it and for a club like us it’s massive not to qualify for the Champions League.

“If we improve, we are all of a sudden again a team nobody wants to play against and that’s what we have to become again.

“There were a lot of games in the season where I think teams were happy to face us. That’s actually the worst thing that can happen to you and I hated these moments. But that’s over and now let’s start again.”

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