Klopp: I haven’t lost my fire


The German outfit are facing a mini-crisis, having won just two of their opening seven League fixtures which has plummeted them to 13th in the Bundesliga standings.

Klopp admits some of the blame for the poor start to BVB’s season, yet is adamant his side will be back on track soon.

"From me, as the coach, it is a time for some damned hard work - it's as simple as that!” he said.

“We will all pull together to ensure we get out of this mess. If I had lost my belief - which I haven't by the way - it would be very tough to deal with the current situation.”

"It is a time for proper coaching, especially at a time when things aren't quite going our way. Yes, we have made mistakes, but they weren't bad enough to lead to us having just seven points.”

The experienced tactician said that he firmly believes he is still the right man for the job despite increasing pressure from fans, insisting he will give his all for the club.

"I am very self-critical, and I also respect the opinions of some of my critics, but the crucial point is that I know I haven't left anything out there,” he said.

“I am giving my all and I haven't lost my fire or anything else for that matter."

Injuries to key players such as Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have not helped matters, yet with the trio set to return for this weekend’s clash against Koln, Klopp hopes this difficult period will just be a minor blip when looking back at this year’s campaign.

"Everything is in place, then, for us to turn things around - we just need to start that process," he said. "It could all end up as a glorious passage in our history.

"When, in 10 years' time, you look back at 2014, will you really remember what was happening? Eight players taking part in training with three youth-team players joining in.

“And then, in May 2015, will you still remember what was up then? Maybe, but the chance is there [to have a successful season] and that's where we are right now."