Just 48 hours after undergoing an operation to remove his appendix, Jurgen Klopp returned to work at Melwood on Monday and insisted: “I feel good, I’m back in the race.”
The manager missed Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday at Anfield after feeling unwell overnight. He was taken to Aintree hospital by Reds club doctor Andy Massey, where his condition was diagnosed.
But, just two days on from keyhole surgery, Klopp was back at Melwood and at the top table to face the media in a pre-West Ham United press conference.
“I’m good,” he told reporters. “It is like it always is and a lot of people have had this before. I haven’t had this before, so it was a bit new for me.
“Like always, you have one not too good night, then have the surgery and then everything is okay again. I feel good and I am back in the race.”
Klopp was eager to pay tribute to the care he received from both Massey and the staff at Aintree hospital, including the surgeon who performed the operation and actually holds an Anfield season ticket.
“It’s because I feel good (that I am here), that’s pretty easy. If you feel bad then you should stay at home, but I feel good.
“I am very thankful to our doctor (Andy Massey) because he said we should go to hospital — I was not too sure — and then the surgeon was great, a season ticket holder. He told me we both wouldn’t see the game, I was like, ‘OK, sorry!’ Then I had the best nurses, so everything was okay.
“I feel really good and that’s the only reason I am here. If I am not fit then I can’t help here, so I would be at home. So everything is okay, and we don’t have to talk about this anymore.”
Klopp confirmed he will return to the sideline Tuesday for Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round replay with West Ham at Boleyn Ground.
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