Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that his side's struggles cannot be fairly judged while they continue to struggle with injuries. The Reds have lost their last two Premier League games to Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, leaving them ninth in the table and closer to the relegation zone than the top four - albeit with the game in hand needed to rectify that. Ahead of Liverpool's Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday, Klopp conceded that people are right to ask questions of his team but insisted that they cannot be fairly judged until later in the campaign. “We are obviously all out there and do the job in public and I think the judgement for this will be later in the season or maybe at the end of the season where we say, ‘obviously now that is it for this group of players or whatever. For this manager if you want'," he said. “Even if it is unfair, it is fine, it is normal, that’s our life, you are absolutely right to ask these questions but we have to answer that later on. We are all out there to be judged. It is completely fine: manager, players - that is how life is in professional football.” A common criticism of Klopp's team has been the average age of the squad. Nine of the players are over 30, including key players like Thiago, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and captain Jordan Henderson.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that his side’s struggles cannot be fairly judged while they continue to struggle with injuries.

The Reds have lost their last two Premier League games to Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, leaving them ninth in the table and closer to the relegation zone than the top four – albeit with the game in hand needed to rectify that.

Ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday, Klopp conceded that people are right to ask questions of his team but insisted that they cannot be fairly judged until later in the campaign.

“We are obviously all out there and do the job in public and I think the judgement for this will be later in the season or maybe at the end of the season where we say, ‘obviously now that is it for this group of players or whatever. For this manager if you want’,” he said.

“Even if it is unfair, it is fine, it is normal, that’s our life, you are absolutely right to ask these questions but we have to answer that later on. We are all out there to be judged. It is completely fine: manager, players – that is how life is in professional football.”

A common criticism of Klopp’s team has been the average age of the squad. Nine of the players are over 30, including key players like Thiago, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and captain Jordan Henderson.

Jurgen Klopp blamed Liverpool’s impotent attack for Saturday’s shock Premier League defeat against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. The Reds appeared to have overcome their early season struggles after recording back-to-back wins over Manchester City and West Ham but were largely toothless against relegation haunted Forest. Klopp was forced to make a number of changes from the side that narrowly overcame the Hammers with both Thiago Alcantara and Darwin Nunez missing out through injury. Liverpool’s best chances came from set-pieces and squandered a number of glaring opportunities with Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino particularly culpable.

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On the damaging nature of the defeat, Klopp added: ‘[It feels] As low as possible. Massive, massive blow because I have no idea how we can lose this game to be honest. Not that we played exceptionally well, not that I expect that but it would have been nice.

‘With all the changes we had to make and with the intense week behind us it was clear we had to make a fight of it. The boys did that. The chances they had were pretty much counter attacks where we gave the ball too easily away.’