Liverpool manager comments on upcoming hectic schedule

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Liverpool face a busy period in three competitions in the first month of 2016.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp seems to recognise his side's busy fixture schedule in January as an opportunity, although he has described the period as 'intensive', as quoted by the club's official website.

The Reds kick off a busy January today when they face West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground, before the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke City and a long trip to Exeter City in the FA Cup.

Premier League matches against Arsenal and Manchester United at Anfield follow before a long trip to Norwich, then the return leg of the League Cup semi-final before a potential fourth-round FA Cup tie. 

Klopp told the official Liverpool website: "It’s intensive, we cannot ignore this. It’s the most intensive time in the year after an intensive time, so we are not on holiday for sure.

"But it’s the same situation for nearly all the teams – we have two [cup] games more but that’s how it is. We wanted to go to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup and now we are in it, now we want to go to the final of course, and that’s what we have to deal with.

"It’s a situation and we have to be prepared for all these games, that’s our job. It’s not that you can just say, ‘come on, boys!’ - that’s what we say and that’s what we expect but it’s really intensive. You want to show everybody that you want to make the best of it."

It is certainly a period of fixtures that could be regarded as 'make or break' for Liverpool as an opportunity of a cup final beckons, while the home fixtures against Arsenal and United in particular could prove to be pivotal in their pursuit of a Champions League place.

A good run of results could see Klopp firmly on target for silverware in his first season and returning the Reds to Europe's premier competition.

The German will be hoping for that rather than presiding over a season that could come close to unravelling during a difficult period. 

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