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Jurgen Klopp refuses to set title target but is pleased with Liverpool progress

Published 10/05/2016

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not set himself a timetable to bring success back to the club.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not set himself a timetable to bring success back to the club.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he has no timetable to make the club league champions again but is confident if they maintain their current progress they will be on track.

Wednesday's visit of Chelsea, the deposed Barclays Premier League title holders, pits two sides who would have expected to be challenging for the top this year but are instead in eighth and ninth respectively.

The German promised when he arrived in mid-October that he would win titles at Anfield but has set himself no time-limits on that and his only requirement is the team keeps on improving.

"I'm not too interested in when Chelsea can next win the title and I have no idea when we can but I promise we will try everything to build on the base of this season," said Klopp, who is preparing for his 50th match in charge.

"We can get sixth position, it isn't the biggest success in the history of Liverpool, but everyone interested in Liverpool can see the good signs and we will build on it.

"We have to improve and I am sure we will. A lot of things need to be perfect for a really good season.

"I'm really looking forward to next season, to pre-season, but this season we are still looking for what we can get."

Klopp has one eye already on next season and plans are well under way for that but he brushed aside suggestions he would be having a clear-out in the summer to prepare for it.

And he dismissed the latest speculation linking Christian Benteke with a £25million move to West Ham.

"I read transfer rumours in October. We work the whole day and of course we work on the squad for next year," he added.

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates victory after the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool reach the Europa League Final winning 3-1 on aggregate. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates victory after the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool reach the Europa League Final winning 3-1 on aggregate. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (L) celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp gestures after a 3-0 victory during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Adam Lallana of Liverpool (C) scores their third goal past goalkeeper Alphonse Areola of Villarreal during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool shakes hands with Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool as he is substituted during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action as Villarreal goalkeeper Alphonse Areola dives during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool and assistant coach Zeljko Buvac (R) shout during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Adam Lallana of Liverpool (3R) celebrates with team mates and fans as he scores their third goal during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (C) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (L) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Marcelino Garcia Toral head coach of Villarreal reacts during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (C) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Marcelino Garcia Toral head coach of Villarreal reacts during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (R) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (Top R) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (2nd L) speaks with Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (L) during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (R) challenges Villarreal's French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans hold up a banner about the Hillsborough disaster during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (2nd R) celebrates after an own goal from Villarreal's midfielder Bruno Soriano during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool players celebrate their first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) speaks with Villarreal's coach Marcelino Garcia Toral during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) vies for the ball against Villarreal's Argentinian defender Mateo Musacchio during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) celebrates his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players celebrate their first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (centre) and Roberto Firmino (11) celebrate after Villareal's Bruno (left) scores an own-goal during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Villareal's Mateo Musacchio and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (right) battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool andMarcelino Garcia Toral head coach of Villarreal argue during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: James Milner of Liverpool jumps for the ball during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Adam Lallana of Liverpool and Denis Suarez of Villarreal battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (4th L) strikes the ball towards the goal which makes contact with Villarreal's midfielder Bruno Soriano to score an own goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates as Bruno of Villarreal scores an own goal for their first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates as Bruno of Villarreal scores an own goal for their first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: A banner reading '27 years too late' is held prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Banners and flags are waved on The Kop prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
The Liverpool squad are pictured ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Banners and flags are waved on The Kop prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Liverpool fans show their support prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
The Villarreal team pose for a picture ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
The Villarreal squad warm up before the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool talks during the warm up prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool fans show their support in the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. PA
Liverpool fans Climb scaffolding prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
The Liverpool team bus arrives ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans show their support in the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans show their support in the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans show their support in the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans show their support in the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans Climb scaffolding prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
The Villareal team bus arrives ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
The Liverpool team bus arrives ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
The Villarreal team bus arrives ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans line the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans line the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
A woman waits in her house for the Liverpool team bus to arrive ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans line the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (2nd L) arrives at the stadium ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge arrives at the stadium ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's coach Marcelino Garcia Toral arrives at the stadium ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal fans are pictured before the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal fans are pictured before the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal fans are pictured before the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal fans are pictured before the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Fans wait outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Programmes for sale prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: A fan holds a flag reading 'We climbed the hill in our own way' outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Programmes for sale prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: A thank you message is seen in a Hillsborough Justice Campaign office window prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Pin badges for sale prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Fans walk past a Hillsborough Justice Campaign office prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Programmes for sale prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
A fan takes a photograph as fresh tributes adorn the Hillsborough Memorial outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
A fan takes a photograph as fresh tributes adorn the Hillsborough Memorial outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Fresh tributes adorn the Hillsborough Memorial outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Fresh tributes adorn the Hillsborough Memorial outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Danny Ward of Liverpool smiles during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Martin Skrtel of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Emre Can of Liverpool looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Danny Ings of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Danny Ings of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool gestures during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: James Milner (2ndL) of Liverpool warms up with Danny Ings (L) during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Liverpool players warm up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Kolo Toure of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Kolo Toure of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Christian Benteke of Liverpool stretches during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Kolo Toure of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Kolo Toure of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Kolo Toure of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Emre Can of Liverpool juggles the ball during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool gestures during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool gestures during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jordon Ibe (L) and Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool warm up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jordon Ibe (L) and Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool warm up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Martin Skrtel of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Martin Skrtel of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Liverpool players warm up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: James Milner (L) of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: James Milner (C) of Liverpool warms up with Danny Ings (L) during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool laughs as he warms up with Christian Benteke (R) during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

"Of course we think about transfers, we think about everything, but a lot of rumours are really far away from the actual thing.

"It is really funny when you are involved. Sometimes I've never heard of the player who has been linked with Liverpool."

Klopp stressed performances in the match against Chelsea would have no bearing on his thinking about who should stay or remain but he is likely to bring back the majority of players who featured last week in the Europa League semi-final win over Villarreal and were rested at the weekend.

It is then a balancing act for their final league match at West Brom on Sunday before the Europa League final against Sevilla next Wednesday.

"We had a few changes in the last game and most of the players who play tomorrow will be in good physical shape after a normal week Thursday to Wednesday," he said.

"I've learned to rotate; I'm not the world champion at this but I'm not too bad, and we will be ready 100 per cent for the final.

"We cannot wait for the final because then you will not be in the best shape.

"Sevilla changed 11 positions in their last game. They are already preparing for the final but we cannot do this because we are not in a fixed position [in the league].

"I would prefer if Thursday next week, we have won two games against Chelsea and West Brom and we are heading back to Liverpool with the cup - that would be all we want but it doesn't work like this.

"If we lose the two next games I will go to Basle still confident we can win this game.

"There is no fixed rule which says if you win your last two games you will win your final."

Klopp has been boosted by captain Jordan Henderson's return to outdoor training after a knee ligament injury last month.

It will be a race for him to be fit for the Europa League final but the German is adamant he will be fine for Euro 2016 with England.

"It is really good news on Hendo. We had to rest him with his injury for a long time and he could not do a lot," he said.

"We tried everything to avoid surgery and the surgeon has said it is not necessary. Yesterday he trained, not with the team, and it looks good. It was only passing and running but it's looking good step-by-step.

"It's only nine days until the final so not sure about that but 100 per cent he will be fit for the Euros. That's good, but for our games we are not sure."

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