Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted that he was going nowhere and that after poor form led to rumors about his future, he was ready for the fight.
Jurgen Klopp maintains that he and his Liverpool players are willing to fight to improve their form, although he strongly rejects claims that he would be prepared to walk away from Anfield.
The 53-year-old also suffered a personal loss when his mother Elisabeth died last week, with coronavirus travel restrictions preventing him from attending the funeral.
Despite being kept away from matches, a group of Liverpool fans looked to rally behind Klopp by hanging a banner in his honor outside the end of Anfield’s Kop – a gesture he appreciated but felt was unnecessary.
“The banner is nice, not necessary I don’t think. I don’t feel like I need special support at the moment [but] it’s nice, very nice,” he said ahead of the match on Tuesday, which was moved to Budapest.
“What was the other thing? I’m getting the sack or leaving it alone, or what? Neither, nor. I don’t need a break. The last thing I want to do is chat at a press conference about something private. Everyone knows that we [Klopp’s family] had a rough time in private. Not only for three weeks but for a much longer period. We do deal with it 100 percent as a family.
I will break things up when I come here to work at the football club. I can turn myself off. I’m not dragging stuff around. I’m private when I’m private. If I’m at my office, here I am. No one has to think about me.
I might not look like this because the weather isn’t cool and I don’t sleep a lot, because the beard gets more and more grey. That’s all real. But I’m full of energy.
The scenario is a challenge. I don’t want that scenario, but I see it as an interesting opportunity now that we are in it.”