Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his new Liverpool signings face a tough challenge to settle in at the club due to the lockdown situation.
Liverpool added Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara and Kostas Tsimikas to their title-winning squad in the summer.
So far, Jota has had the biggest impact since his move from Wolves. He scored nine goals across all competitions before getting injured in December.
Thiago has also had injury setbacks which have limited his progress since joining from Champions League winners Bayern Munich.
As for Tsimikas, he was brought in simply as a backup to Andy Robertson at left-back. He may have been expecting more than just five minutes of Premier League action, though.
Manager Klopp, speaking to RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann via UEFA TV ahead of their meeting in the Champions League this week, admitted that the current restrictions are presenting a challenge for new players to settle in.
Klopp told Nagelsmann: “What I find extremely difficult… I don’t know how many new signings you have, but we had three (in the summer).
“It is very difficult to find your place in the team. You can’t spend much time together in the dressing room, nor in the restaurant. You can’t meet privately. It’s insane.”
Tuesday’s game against Leipzig will not be the first time Klopp has met Nagelsmann as a manager. Liverpool faced him when he was in charge of Hoffenheim in the 2017 Champions League play-offs.
Klopp remembers first Nagelsmann meeting
Klopp recalled some positive impressions of the young coach from before, during and after that encounter.
He said: “My situation was that I had heard a lot about Julian Nagelsmann. And then we got the analysis for the game and I sat there and thought, wow, hats off! They really focussed on ball possession, on good processes, I really liked that.
“What I can remember is that after the game, after the second leg, I went to look for Julian because I wanted to say goodbye or something. and I opened the door to a little room, where I didn’t even know that there was anything behind it, and he was sitting there with his assistants at a laptop.
“You could see it in his face, that he was thinking: ‘Well what happened here?’”
“You can’t win after the game is over. That’s my experience.”