Klopp unworried by home form, tells Sturridge to be more robust

Date published: Wednesday 25th November 2015 3:36

Jurgen Klopp: Turning thoughts towards EL final

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says there is no problem with their form at Anfield, despite winning only one of his four home games as manager. 

The Reds produced a stunning team display at the weekend in a 4-1 victory against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, and were also impressive in a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge in October.

However, Klopp disagrees that there is a major contrast in his side’s home and away form, and ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League tie against Bordeaux he insists his team “knows what to do.”

Speaking during his pre-match press conference, the German said: “What we have to develop in the first case is our performance. And that’s what we’ve been working on.

“There is not a big difference between home and away games, we’re usually on the way to playing better at home. Most goals we have conceded are set plays. It’s not easy to create chances against us.

“The intensity of this number of tournaments, it’s sometimes the price you have to pay – Palace was because of that. We have to learn how to handle this. We know what to do tomorrow.”

Klopp says that Daniel Sturridge is in contention to make a return from injury against Bordeaux, and with Benteke also set to make a return, he appeared positive regarding his striking options.

“First of all, we have to bring 11 players on the pitch. They can work together, function together. Of course, it’s about creating moments,” he added.

“But the best news is that Daniel is becoming closer and closer, he can train seven or eight times in a row. That will help him and us.

“Each session is very important. My decision you will see tomorrow. The most important thing in these weeks is that he can train without problems.

“We have to try to bring in a situation where he is more robust. A good moment, for a few minutes or more, we’ll see it in the game.

“We have another option in Benteke, who is in good shape and that is important for us as when I came here he was injured.

“It is normal we talk about this today but it is not about bringing as many strikers as you can on the pitch – we have to work together and for this it is important you have some options.

“We are in a good position. When you have footballers, you solve one problem and you have another one. Skrtel is a little ill.”

Liverpool go into tomorrow’s game against Bordeaux knowing that a win will see them progress to the next round of the tournament.

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