The excuses will start to flow in shortly.
Manchester United play host to Liverpool on Sunday in the Premier League.
The Scousers were without a midweek fixture so they had more time to prepare for their trip to Old Trafford (4:30pm kick-off, with a planned protest scheduled for 2pm).
They have a number of injuries going into Sunday’s game, including Nat Phillips who has an injury problem. He joins a list of absentees featuring Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomes (both knee), Joel Matip (ankle) and Jordan Henderson (groin).
Divok Origi is also out.
Asked if he had any news on players returning from injury, Klopp said (via Liverpool Echo): “No, no. All the same in this moment.”
He added: “I don’t have enough English words to describe the same thing more often. Yes, he [van Dijk] is running – Hendo is running, Joe is running, Joel is running.
“That’s all good. Imagine they wouldn’t be able to run in this moment, that would be really bad. They are running and, in rehab, it always starts with straight-line running.
“You go through a lot of steps until you are ready to join team training, especially with long-term injuries. There are a lot of steps to go and they are all quite a way from that.
“It means nobody told me; ‘fasten your seatbelt, make yourself ready, the boys will be in team training next week’. No, nothing changed really, but they are in a good way.”
It looks like Klopp will have to name a makeshift defence this weekend, which has been the case for most of the season, so they can’t pretend their preparations were ruined by injuries.
United’s absentees include Anthony Martial and Phil Jones, however, the latter doesn’t really count anymore which is a shame given it’s his 10th year at the club.