Jurgen Klopp insisted the thought of 350 games as Liverpool manager will not enter his mind when he reaches the landmark in the Reds’ clash with Brentford.
Klopp has enjoyed huge success since taking over in 2015, reaching two Champions League finals and winning the tournament in 2019 before guiding Liverpool to their first Premier League title a year later.
However, Liverpool head into Sunday’s clash with the Bees 11 points behind league leaders Manchester City and having been held to a 0-0 draw by Arsenal in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.
Asked about the prospect of reaching game 350, Klopp told a pre-match media conference: “I’m really happy and proud of the things we have achieved here so far, but I don’t think a second about it.
“It’s just the next game is really decisive when you are manager at this club. In all competitions, everybody, ourselves involved, expects to win the next game and that’s the task.
“But it’s fine, we have a great squad, great players and I’m really happy about the time we had here so far and hope to enjoy the next few years.
“These numbers are not important to me, but 350 is a nice one, better than 15 and out.”
Winless in their last three Premier League games and without star forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as they compete in the Africa Cup of Nations, Liverpool saw Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and James Milner sustain knocks against Arsenal.
However, all three are available to face a Brentford team who held Liverpool to a 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture in London in September.
“As far as I know, no new real injuries,” Klopp added. “Knocks last night, Virg, Robbo, Milly, but directly after the game, medical team said all are fine.
“We will see. No ‘injuries’ so far.”
The cup tie with the 10-man Gunners saw Liverpool rack up 78.1 per cent possession and 17 attempts to Arsenal’s three, but only one of those efforts hit the target.
Speaking about the absence of Salah and Mane, as well as midfielder Naby Keita, in the aftermath of that stalemate, Klopp said: “Any team would miss Salah, Mane and Keita.
“Could we be prepared for it? I don’t think so.
“We’ve known that already for years. This team was what we had tonight, it can play and score, definitely.”
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