Liverpool task is like building a house in the rain, says Jürgen Klopp

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Jürgen Klopp has compared his work at Liverpool to building a house and insisted his project will not stop at the first sign of bad weather.

Liverpool host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday seeking a reaction to two consecutive home defeats that have destroyed hopes of reaching the EFL Cup final and left them 10 points behind Chelsea in the Premier League title race.

With only one win in seven matches, and that an FA Cup replay at League Two Plymouth Argyle, Klopp admits Liverpool’s confidence has been damaged after an impressive first half of the season. But he insists the team’s form is not a concern and his long-term rebuilding work at Anfield will not be derailed by one miserable spell.

“Of course confidence has changed,” the Liverpool manager said. “All we do is in public so we suffer a little bit and it looks like we suffer a lot. It is like building a house. You start and you are full of enthusiasm for this nice house you are going to live in. It is summer and the weather is good. Then the weather changes and you haven’t finished and it is more difficult.

“It starts raining and the building is more difficult but you cannot stop, that’s how I understand it. The weather will change again. We are still building. It is not that serious, it is not a big problem but all these things have come together and we have another chance tomorrow. Win against Wolverhampton and Chelsea and no one will remember we lost the semi-final of the EFL Cup. We have to make progress.”

Klopp, who said his team to face Wolves will be “slightly more” experienced than against Plymouth at Anfield, also conceded that Daniel Sturridge’s lengthy injury record may have had a psychological impact on the striker.

Sturridge endured a difficult night in the EFL Cup semi-final defeat by Southampton in midweek and Klopp said: “From the physical side it was a good game for Daniel. He was involved from the beginning to the end and usually he scores twice in this game but he’s a human being and he missed chances and that’s all. Of course after a lot of injuries you lose not your speed but trust in your body. Ask a sprinter and they would say the same.”

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