Jurgen Klopp had his words to say about the referee at Aston Villa, Fabinho’s injury and his side’s mentality following a 2-1 comeback win on Tuesday night.
Here are three key points from the manager after the win at Villa Park:
Fingers crossed for Fabinho!
The clear sour note of the night was Fabinho’s injury, and while the Brazilian is said to be in a positive frame of mind, a scan will reveal all.
“He felt a muscle, not too much. It wasn’t the thigh, but the other side [hamstring]. It’s pretty positive but I don’t know what I can get out of it, to be honest. We’ll see,” Klopp said.
“I can’t say when it will be ready. Nobody has an answer to that. It has good feelings and it gives me a better feeling than when I took it off.
“If you ask me now, I would say leave Fabinho out [for this game] but I can’t go back. He was perfectly fine before the game.
Looking back, it’s a wonderful thing!
No other problems
It was a physical contest at Villa Park and the good news was that there were no more problems to report, although Naby Keita gave fans a scare later on.
“The rest went without too many problems,” Klopp said.
And we don’t have to worry about Andy Robertson after he was left out of the matchday squad.
“Robbo wasn’t in the squad because I wanted to give him a rest at home and I brought another striker into the squad if we needed him. That’s it. Other than that it should to go. “
Now it’s time for the FA Cup final!
What will be will be
Liverpool remain second in the Premier League table on goal difference, three behind Man City, but Klopp doesn’t have the energy to waste on the results of Pep Guardiola’s side.
Before the Reds are back in the league, City will have played twice, but Klopp’s men must be thinking of the FA Cup final.
“We don’t waste energy thinking that they [Man City] lose,” Klopp said.
“Now we really have to recover and play the FA Cup final because there is no mercy. The situation, qualifying for the final, is huge.
“Their quality, mentality and character is the reason we are where we are. I’m not surprised they can do something like that, but I don’t take it for granted.