Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted “nobody has to worry about me” amid a slump from the Premier League champions coinciding with a difficult time in his personal life.
The Reds will attempt to arrest a run of three successive top-flight losses which has led to Klopp admitting their title defence is over when they resume their Champions League campaign against RB Leipzig in Budapest on Tuesday.
A banner of support for Klopp, whose mother Elisabeth died aged 81 last month, was erected outside Anfield at the weekend, although there were rumours that the German was planning to take a break or even quit his post.
As he previewed his side’s last-16 first-leg tie against Leipzig, Klopp said: “The banner is nice, not necessary, I don’t feel I need special support. I don’t need a break.
“The last thing I want to do is talk about private things in a press conference but everybody knows we have had a tough time and we always deal with it as a family 100 per cent.
“When I came here to work, I am 53, I have been in football for 30 years, I can switch off, I don’t carry things around. Of course we are influenced by things that happen but nobody has to worry about me.”
Klopp added: “The beard gets more and more grey, I don’t sleep a lot but I am full of energy.
“The situation is a challenge, an interesting challenge. Nobody wrote a book about how you come in a situation like this and how you solve it but we will solve it.”
Naby Keita is back in training having been sidelined since December, but he will not be part of the squad that travels to the Hungarian capital on Monday afternoon.
Keita has been one of a number of first-team players who have been on the sidelines, while their injury problems in the backline have been particularly stark.
Klopp added: “Injuries have had a big part of it, we cannot ignore that because it changed everything. A football team is like building a house: if the foundation is not right then it’s always a little bit shaky.
“But it’s the Premier League and we are Liverpool. Nobody is happy with being fourth and 40 points and only level on points with Everton, that’s fine, I have no problem with that, but we have to deal with the situation.”