Jürgen Klopp held a press conference at Melwood on Monday afternoon to preview Liverpool's midweek trip to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.
To see what Klopp had to say on the threat posed by tomorrow's opponents, Liverpool's recent defensive woes, and getting his side back to winning ways, read our transcript below.
On how Huddersfield have performed so far...
Usually it’s not my job to talk about an opponent but I can make an exception of course in this case because it's Dave [Wagner]. I really think that everybody expected before the season that Huddersfield will fight for [survival] until the end, so it should not be a surprise. They did, so far, fantastic with the possibilities they have, the money they have and stuff like that, they do really brilliant [and are] in the middle of the group who fights for [staying in] the league. I think they did fantastic, but for this game it's not too important what happened the last few weeks. Both teams really need the points and we will probably see that in the game so it makes it really interesting for everybody who wants to see. That's the challenge we have to face.
On whether Huddersfield could match Burnley in establishing themselves in the division...
I don’t think Huddersfield are long enough in the Premier League to compare them immediately with Burnley. I think if you compare the possibilities that Burnley has with Huddersfield, it's like with maybe us and Burnley, it's a big difference. They've [had] one year in the Premier League and not a few years, so that makes all the difference. Sean Dyche and Burnley are doing a fantastic job there but we cannot compare different clubs. That's of course the chance they have, to stay in the league and use the situation one more time and then to stay there again. It's always possible, it's nice it's possible but, unfortunately, from our point of view they have to do it without any points from Liverpool. We have our own targets and for them we need the three points.
On Liverpool's recent defending...
[The goal] against Swansea? That happens in football. That's not chaotic defending, that's a rather good attitude. Yes, we could have done better but that's normal when you involve a new player in these situations. I think Virgil is a logical taker of these situations with headers, so if he is reacting in one way that needs to be tuned [with other players] if you want. The last game, we watched the goals back in this room, and when we spoke about defending we didn’t speak about the centre-halves or the last line in these situations. They are always involved because they should be around when somebody scores a goal, but I showed the boys where we should have defended, where we could have reacted much better. In the end, it's clear, we twice had Rodriguez in a good situation and if we had a better position [as a] team then we can avoid this goal easily. The first one, the second one for sure as well, we lose him in their build-up, in the last few passes, Rodriguez in the end has a free run in the box. The second goal, Trent tries to deny the cross, Joel is in the space he has to be with a man, then there is a gap and this gap should be filled by another player because Virgil is with another player in a man-marking situation. We didn't fill it up because a second [before] Emre jumps in a situation in midfield where he wants to win the challenge, loses the challenge, Gini doesn't come inside, Alberto is not close enough and both wingers are not even involved. So, a lot of things happened, and that's how defending actually works. In a moment when we again [get] back to the mood of defending that everybody – really everybody – is responsible for these things, then we will defend immediately better again. That's why we showed the boys, it was not about that I blamed a player, it was about showing what really happened. The players probably will not look back on a game like this, they try to ignore it, and this time I didn’t want to give them the opportunity to ignore it. Now we have to do it better.
On not allowing two poor results to turn into a slump...
One hundred per cent, but that’s football is and how life is. It's two weeks ago that we had an 18-game unbeaten run or whatever; then you lose twice and everything feels different, that's absolutely true. That's OK because, for us, it's very important that you feel it and don't think it's not too important - no, no, it’s very important. It was two really harsh defeats for us, they felt really hard, and that's good. But, now we have to immediately show up again, that’s for sure as well. It's a part of the season where you have to build on the basis you created so far and not to gamble with it. I don’t think the boys gambled, but it looks like we gave two big opportunities away. So we have to show that we understood what happened in these two games and then make it much better from now on. If you use a defeat to learn from it then it's still a defeat, it feels bad, but then it's OK. But if you don’t learn from it you are a silly, so we should show that we not silly, we want to be back on track immediately and hopefully we can show that tomorrow night.
On whether tomorrow's match feels more important after recent results...
I don’t think so to be honest because I don’t look ahead four or five weeks and think, 'that's an important game, that's an important game', because - as you can imagine - they are all important. It didn’t change for Huddersfield but maybe the view from outside [is that] because we wasted three points at Swansea [it is]. But if we would have won against Swansea, I think we go to Huddersfield and everybody expects that we really try everything to win the game, so it didn’t change. We need to show that we are really ready for that, that's how it is. They are all difficult; Huddersfield, special place now, the whole city fights for the league 100 per cent. They don't expect brilliant football or anything, they expect a proper fight and that’s what Huddersfield Town is ready to deliver. We need to be there and need to deliver as well.
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Last Updated: 29/01/18 2:30pm
The Magic Man is back with his Premier League predictions after the FA Cup weekend.
Merse had an average week last time out, predicting five results and one perfect score as Leicester beat Watford 2-0.
But who is he tipping for the midweek round of fixtures? Read on...
Remember, there is a full midweek schedule in the Premier League - and you can watch the goals as they go in on your mobile with the Sky Sports app.Swansea City v Arsenal (Tuesday 7.45pm)
Arsenal head to Swansea, hoping to succeed where Liverpool failed just over a week ago at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea will play in exactly the same way as they did against Liverpool. They'll defend in numbers but for me, Arsenal have got a bit more guile than Liverpool. They'll create more chances than Liverpool did and that will be the difference.
We could see the debut of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and if it was me, I'd definitely play him. Some people might say he hasn't had much football in recent months but with the way Swansea will set up, Arsenal will have a lot of the ball. They could have up to 70 per cent possession so his creativity will prove useful.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-2Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace West Ham v Crystal Palace (Tuesday, 7.45pm)
It was a very poor result for West Ham at the weekend. I really don't get it when Premier League teams go out to lower league opposition in the cup. I know the Premier League sides make changes but it really shouldn't happen.
This is a big football match for both teams. I'm going to forget about Crystal Palace's performance at Arsenal. They started so poorly and were blown away in the first 20 minutes but I'm expecting a better showing from them here. I picked them for victory at the Emirates so I have to keep faith with them here.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth Huddersfield v Liverpool (Tuesday, 8pm)
Huddersfield try and play out from the back a bit too much for me if I'm being honest. It's a great philosophy, don't get me wrong, but there's a line and I think they overplay a bit too much.
I know they beat Manchester United at home but when they've played against the other big boys, they've been blown away. West Ham also blew them away a couple of weeks ago so I think Liverpool, on the big pitch at the John Smith's Stadium, will just have too much for them.
Huddersfield won't play like Swansea did last week and Jurgen Klopp's side will exploit that.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-3Swansea 1-0 Liverpool Swansea 1-0 Liverpool Southampton v Brighton (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
Southampton have produced some good performances in the last couple of weeks. It's been much better from Mauricio Pellegrino's side but they are still in the bottom three. They desperately need a result here but it won't be easy against Brighton.
Chris Hughton's side were beaten 4-0 by Chelsea but I thought they were very unlucky in that game. It certainly wasn't a 4-0 game.
The pressure is fully on Southampton in this game. If they don't get a result the manager will be under severe pressure. It's okay winning in the cup but when you are in the bottom three you need Premier League wins and that's not easy, but I'm backing Southampton, with home advantage, to use their experience to pick up victory.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0Jack Stephens celebrates after scoring Southampton's opening goal against Watford in the FA Cup Chelsea v Bournemouth (Wednesday 7.45pm)
There's a lot of talk about Chelsea at the moment but things are not that bad. They've lost just one game out the last 16 in the league but they are getting pelters from all sides at the moment.
It's only because Manchester City are doing so well that there's so much scrutiny on Chelsea. Antonio Conte's side would have a good season if it wasn't for what was going on at the Etihad. City have made all the other teams' seasons look pretty average really.
However, I expect them to win this against a Bournemouth side in a relegation battle and lacking in confidence. Eddie Howe's side do have a go away from home but it won't help them here.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1Brighton 0-4 Chelsea Brighton 0-4 Chelsea Everton v Leicester (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
Everton desperately need a result. They had that run where we all thought they'd be fine but they are right back in the relegation scrap for me. They've had a couple of really bad results recently - they were very fortunate to draw with West Brom at home recently - and I think their poor form will continue against Leicester.
Claude Puel's side will set up on the counter-attack and Everton, at home, will have a go. The crowd will push them forward but that will play into Leicester's hand because of how well they counter-attack. The likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez will also be fresh after being rested at the weekend so I can't see anything but an away win.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2Everton 1-1 West Brom Everton 1-1 West Brom Newcastle v Burnley (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
This is another massive football match. Newcastle went out of the cup at the weekend so it's another year without a trophy. They'll be under pressure to bounce back against Burnley at St James' Park.
Burnley have hit a bit of a brick wall of late. Their results have started to level out after what was an unbelievable start to the season. However, I thought they were very unlucky against United and could have even sneaked a draw. With another performance like that, I'm backing them to sneak a win.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-1Burnley 0-1 Man Utd Burnley 0-1 Man Utd Man City v West Brom (Wednesday 8pm)
West Brom have done really well recently. I know when Alan Pardew first came in their results didn't pick up straight away but their performances did. They just weren't getting much luck but now they are and the results have followed.
However, this is a bit of nightmare game for them. I can never back against Manchester City at home and expect them to wrap up a convincing win.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0Man City 3-1 Newcastle Man City 3-1 Newcastle Tottenham v Man Utd (Wednesday, 8pm)
I watched United at Burnley and they were very efficient. They weren't really playing free-flowing attacking football and they struggled to break Burnley down. This will be a difficult game for them because I just can't see how they will outscore Spurs.
Jose Mourinho will go to Wembley and set his side up not to get beat. With Alexis Sanchez on board that little bit of extra quality gives them a big chance but if Tottenham can get their full strength side out they'll be very difficult to stop.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Stoke v Watford (Wednesday, 8pm)
Watford are really struggling at the moment. They sacked the manager and got Javi Gracia in quickly so they'll be hoping for a quick turnaround in fortunes. I think they're in real big trouble though. They're the team on a glass mountain with moccasin slippers on.
I expect Stoke to win this game comfortably to add to Watford's misery.
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Jürgen Klopp is not overly concerned by Liverpool’s recent penalty conversion record, with the manager still convinced he has the players at his disposal to be clinical from 12 yards.
Roberto Firmino missed the Reds’ latest spot-kick during Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion. It’s the second time the Brazilian has been denied in 2017-18, while Mohamed Salah and James Milner have also been foiled this season.
Nevertheless, Klopp insists he has no doubts about his team’s ability to be ruthless from penalty situations, despite missing six of their last 10.
Asked about the work done at Melwood, the boss replied: “[It is] a lot, really, it’s unbelievable.
“It’s good you ask; the boys, pretty much after each session, are out there and there are still four or five players who think they should take them. So they try it [in training], they do it and they are really good at it.
“Roberto Firmino was in this group, probably will still be in this group after training. He’d scored before a fantastic goal and is in a good moment, so it was a logical decision that he was the one to take. In the end it was about two inches from being a fantastic penalty or a missed penalty. It’s really not cool, but it’s how it is. We can make it bigger or we can accept it like part of the game.
“These things happen and will still happen in football. We had this last year when Millie scored it felt like 50 and then Southampton at home he didn’t score. It was a very important one to be honest, but it always can happen.
“It’s not cool but it’s not a real problem; we can make a problem of it, but we still have players out there that are able to finish a situation like that from 12 yards.”
Jürgen Klopp has insisted his focus is firmly on using the tools currently at his disposal to get Liverpool back to winning ways, rather than relying on the transfer market.
The Reds have followed up an 18-match unbeaten streak with back-to-back defeats in the Premier League and FA Cup - at Swansea City on Monday and against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday respectively.
But Klopp says those results will have no bearing on any decision to add to the January signing of Virgil van Dijk before the window shuts on Wednesday.
The German told reporters: "In the next few days probably a lot will happen in the transfer market and we will see what happens here, but nothing else to say about that.
"Even if there would be something [to say], it would not help us or another club, to make the deal if [I said something]. That's why it makes no sense to talk about it - you write it anyway.
"It’s not about replacing anybody, it’s about using our own opportunities, our own tools, players, tactics, formations, all that stuff.
"Yes, it's right we didn't play well at Swansea, but a few days before we played fantastic against Manchester City. Of course, we could have won anyway at Swansea and exactly the same with the last game.
"That doesn't say anything about the performances only that the results were not good enough, but we could have won these games. It was not about creating chances, it was about different things in the game: against Swansea, formation-wise; against West Brom, defending.
"I don’t think Phil [Coutinho] would have helped a lot in these situations, to be honest. We have to [get] immediately back on the winning track, we need results to reach our targets, we know that, but the solution is not out there in the transfer market.
"We always have open eyes in situations like that but it is not that there is something out there for us to get because we really think first of all we have to use our players.
"Unfortunately, in the moment when Phil left, Adam [Lallana] got a little injury again. That's unlucky of course but that cannot be the reason for now getting nervous and go out and try to do something.
"In the long-term we will do a lot, in the short-term I don’t think it will happen."
Last Updated: 29/01/18 2:33pmJurgen Klopp says Philippe Coutinho will not be replaced in January Jurgen Klopp says Philippe Coutinho will not be replaced in January
Jurgen Klopp has insisted Philippe Coutinho will not be replaced in January as he does not believe the "solution" is available on the transfer market.
Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona earlier this month in a £146m deal and Klopp's side have lost two of the three matches they have played since his departure.
With the transfer window open until Wednesday, there have been calls for Klopp to reinvest some of the money raised from Coutinho's sale in a replacement for the Brazilian.Coutinho made his first start for Barcelona on Sunday
However, Klopp ruled that out, saying: "Philippe Coutinho is not going to be replaced in this transfer window. It's about using our own tools, players and tactics.
"We could have won these games (against Swansea and West Brom). It was not about creating chances, it was about different stuff.Liverpool vs Tottenham
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"Against Swansea, it was the formation, against West Brom it was defending. I don't think Phil would have helped a lot in these situations.
"The solution is not out there on the transfer market at the moment. We always have open eyes but we really think we have to use our players.
"In the long-term, we will do a lot, in the short-term, I don't think so."
Klopp also addressed Liverpool's defensive concerns following their recent defeats to Swansea in the Premier League and West Brom in the FA Cup.Van Dijk started Liverpool's past two matches, defeats against Swansea and West Brom
Despite spending £75m on Virgil van Dijk - a world-record for a defender - to sign him from Southampton, Liverpool have conceded eight goals in the four matches since he arrived.
However, Klopp said the whole team was responsible, saying: "We could have done better but it is normal when you introduce a new player (Virgil van Dijk) in this situation.
"We watched the West Brom goals back and I showed the boys where we should have defended. Everybody is responsible for these things."Super 6 £1m jackpot
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Jordan Henderson’s return from injury is ‘very important’ for Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp believes.
Captain Henderson made his first appearance in five weeks as a 65th-minute substitute during the Reds’ 3-2 FA Cup defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday following a hamstring injury.
The midfielder was brought on at the same time as vice-skipper James Milner and, speaking during his press conference to preview Tuesday’s trip to Huddersfield Town, Klopp praised the positive impact the duo had during an otherwise disappointing team performance.
“Very important,” the boss replied, when asked about the significance of Henderson’s availability.
“We need all the boys and I think Hendo did well when he came on, like Millie did. They brought some fresh ideas, obviously confidence. They were not involved in the first 60-70 minutes so they showed up.
“Both had good moments in the game and were involved in a lot of good things, so [it’s] very important for us, of course.”
Jürgen Klopp held his pre-Huddersfield Town press conference at Melwood on Monday - and you can watch it again in full for free now.
After the 3-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup at the weekend, Liverpool are back in Premier League action on Tuesday night as they face David Wagner’s side at John Smith’s Stadium.
Klopp spoke about how the Reds will be looking to get back on track after successive losses, improving their defensive performance, the transfer window and the current injury latest.
Watch it in full again now via our YouTube clip below.
Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Tuesday’s visit to Huddersfield Town, but are set to be without the services of Adam Lallana and Ragnar Klavan once more.
The duo will continue their injury rehabilitation programmes at Melwood and Jürgen Klopp expects to be able to select from a similar squad of players to the one he had for Saturday’s FA Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion.
Asked for a fitness update in his pre-match press conference, the boss replied: “I’m not sure in the moment, it’s really close. We have again a few knocks, different things, but nothing decided so far in this moment.
"It looks like all the players who were available for the last game are available again, but not 100 per cent.”
Members of the local community enjoyed a special evening at Anfield on Saturday thanks to the club's Red Neighbours programme.
Guests from nearby schools, community centres and charitable organisations were invited to watch the FA Cup clash with West Bromwich Albion from an executive box in the Main Stand, where they were visited by club CEO Peter Moore and Reds legends Ian Rush and David Johnson.
Children from St Francis de Sales Catholic Junior School, who received tickets from main club sponsor Standard Chartered, were given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to greet the LFC and West Brom teams as they arrived at the stadium.
Local organisations Homeground, LiveWire Liverpool and Creative Support also brought guests to enjoy the Anfield hospitality after club partner Thomas Cook Sport donated tickets to the Anfield Beat lounge, with many of the group attending a Liverpool match for the very first time.
Red Neighbours focuses on four main areas within the L4, L5 and L6 postcodes - food poverty and education, creating memorable experiences for young people, encouraging a physically active community and support for the elderly community.
For more information on the Red Neighbours programme, follow @Red_Neighbours on Twitter.
Last Updated: 29/01/18 3:20pmDaniel Sturridge has made only nine Premier League appearances this term
Newcastle have made an enquiry to Liverpool about taking Daniel Sturridge on loan, according to Sky sources.
The Magpies are struggling to reach an agreement with Feyenoord over their number one target Nicolai Jorgensen and are exploring their other options.
Newcastle have had two bids - the latest being £15m - turned down for Jorgensen and Feyenoord want £20m, Sky Sports News understands.Sturridge has scored just three goals this season and is available for loan
Liverpool have made Sturridge, who has made only nine Premier League appearances this season, available for loan and he has had interest from Inter, Roma and Sevilla.
But Liverpool are also happy to keep Sturridge at Anfield, given they are still involved in the Champions League and trying to secure a top-four spot in the Premier League.C Palace vs Newcastle
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