Jurgen Klopp set for crucial Christmas period with Liverpool

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December is a period of happiness for most people in Britain. Christmas shoppers are out in their masses and many take the opportunity to take time off work and celebrate with friends and family.

Up until this coming festive season, this would apply to Jurgen Klopp as well. Having been based in Germany for the whole of his footballing life, he has always enjoyed the six-week break that the Bundesliga allows.

He's set to be in a completely different position during the final month of 2015 at Liverpool. Having taken the reins at Anfield, Klopp will now find himself spending much more time in the office than away from it in December.


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From December 2 to January 2, Liverpool have no less than seven matches, equivalent to a game almost every four days.

There will be no time to dwell on defeat nor time to bask in the glory of a victory – Klopp will have to carefully map out for the next fixture within a restricted space of time.

Injury crisis

In an ideal world, managers want every single member of their squad at their disposal so they can make sufficient changes and keep men fresh for more important ties.

However, Liverpool's injury list is already significantly bigger than others. Mamadou Sakho is set to miss the whole of this busy period after limping off against Crystal Palace and it is unclear when Jordan Henderson or Daniel Sturridge will return from the sidelines.

Difficult decision

With the Reds chasing a top four spot, Klopp may have to reluctantly falter his chances elsewhere and not take one cup competition as serious, especially with the FA Cup looming.

However, it will be a difficult decision to make. There is already a dim light at the end of the tunnel in the League Cup and there is the temptation of the dangling carrot that is a guaranteed Champions League spot if triumphant in the Europa League.

Although Liverpool's efforts last season were lacklustre, they had somewhat of a mid-season resurge that began over Christmas. Following a 3-0 away loss to Manchester United on December 14,  Liverpool built momentum and grew in confidence, and went unbeaten in the league until they ran into the Reds Devils again on March 22.

The Merseyside outfit haven't exactly got off to the best of starts this term, but a fortunate run of results could well be the kick-starter they desperately need. With games coming thick and fast, it will give Klopp an idea of who he wants to keep within the nucleus of the team and who isn't cutting the mustard.

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