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Jurgen Klopp lays down the law over slow Liverpool starts; ready to unleash ‘cool’ Salah-Nunez partnership

Jurgen Klopp overseeing a Liverpool game

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp refuses to make a fuss about the issue of his side’s slow start to the Premier League season, but he has laid down the law over any repetition.

The first half of last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Fulham, in which they had to come from behind twice, was such a poor display and the Reds boss was initially critical of the players’ attitude.

Klopp is confident, however, the squad will have got the message by the time they face Crystal Palace at Anfield on Monday night.

“Addressed? Of course, after the game directly,” said Klopp when asked whether the matter had been dealt with in detail.

“With my English, I’m not sure if ‘attitude’ is the right thing. But we had a slow start, I didn’t like the start at all.

“I saw then the attitude to fight back but that’s a different thing. It’s better you have a high-intense, high-concentrated, lively start in a football game than not.

“So if I make now a big fuss of it and talk every day about it, imagine that? That would be strange as well.

“We try to make sure we are ready for this game. We were more often ready than not and that’s what we have to be again, nothing else.

“Having a slow start doesn’t mean you have to start slow all the time or you will never do it again. But it’s a sign – use it as information, change it and go from there.”

Nunez pushing for Liverpool start

One of the positives of last weekend’s match was the arrival of Darwin Nunez off the bench, scoring one and providing an assist for Mo Salah.

The Uruguay international had already proved his worth as a Liverpool substitute, winning a penalty and scoring in the FA Community Shield and Klopp has liked what he has seen between Nunez and Salah so far.

“It’s a cool partnership, definitely,” added Klopp.

“It’s two players who are determined to score and be in the decisive areas. I mean behind the line, wherever the line is.

“It is very helpful. Mo is in a really good moment and Darwin is settling in.”

Klopp admits he has no concerns with the way his side are attacking.

“I think Luis (Diaz) had two chances, one was post I think, or crossbar, and then got blocked in another situation so, a little bit of luck and then he would score and that would help him as well massively.

“But apart from that this department was not our problem last weekend.”

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