LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he needs a “masterpiece” to find a solution to the crisis facing his club after recording their sixth straight home defeat to relegation-threatened Fulham 1-0 at Anfield last night.
The English champions have languished since topping the Premier League at Christmas and look increasingly difficult to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Liverpool are currently seventh in the league, four points behind the top four and have played one more game than all the major contenders to the Champions League.
The injury crisis plays a major role especially the problems faced by central defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
However Klopp was also in the spotlight as his decision to make seven changes from a squad that lost 1-0 to Chelsea did not help boost the team’s confidence.
“We haven’t got the rhythm this season,” Klopp said.
“You can see it’s still on the players. They still have it but for now it can’t be shown. It takes a masterpiece to find an immediate solution.”
Liverpool’s best chance of returning to the Champions League may be by winning the tournament for the seventh time.
Klopp’s squad will travel to Budapest for the second match of the last 16 group against Leipzig early on Thursday morning after leading 2-0 in the first match.