Jurgen Klopp gives thoughts on the international break after hailing Liverpool’s performances during ‘exhausting’ week

An international break has perhaps come at an opportune time for Klopp’s side after a successful week saw them claim three important wins

Jurgen Klopp has hailed his Liverpool players for coming through an “exhausting” week with three successive victories to head into the international break on a high.

The Reds fought back from a goal down to turn over Burnley 4-2 at Anfield on March 10 before knocking Bayern Munich out of the Champions League with a hugely impressive 3-1 win in the Allianz Arena last Wednesday.

Klopp’s side followed that up with a hard-fought 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Fulham to go top of the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds boss talked up his side’s ability to adapt to the very different challenges of each game and admitted the scale of the three games left him and his squad drained.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com , Klopp said: “After a Champions League game in midweek, sometimes in the first half you need to adjust a few things; we played Burnley, Munich and Fulham, that’s like three times a different sport. So we had to adapt to that.

“Fulham are a good football team and obviously now got rid of all the pressure of staying in the league – they only want to play football and show their identity.

“That’s what they did and that meant we had to run a lot, which is of course exhausting in a week like that.

“Maybe because of that, one or two decisions we made were not brilliant. But in the second half we had big chances and could have scored more, but didn’t.

“As long as you are only 1-0 up, the door is half-open for the opponent. They used the one misunderstanding but then you have to stay in the race – and now it’s even better than winning 1-0. Like this is even better. I like it a lot.”

An international break has perhaps come at an opportune time for Klopp as he looks to battle for glory on two fronts with the Reds this term.

Victory over Fulham took them two points clear of Manchester City at the Premier League’s summit and the Reds were handed a presentable draw in the Champions League last week with a quarter-final tie against Porto.

The break gives players such as Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain further time to get their respective recoveries on track ahead of the return to action against Tottenham at Anfield on March 31.

“The boys’ work-rate was again outstanding,” Klopp added. “You could see it was the end of a very intense period again.

“Now a few of them have [international] games but all the boys who don’t have games have to rest. Then we start again when they come back, hopefully all of them healthy, and then let’s go again.”