Klopp: West Ham line-up was ‘risky’; Benteke concern

Date published: Friday 12th February 2016 11:02

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Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool team that finished the midweek defeat at West Ham was “risky” and they will not all line-up against Aston Villa.

Klopp finished the FA Cup replay defeat at Upton Park with Christian Benteke, Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Ibe all on the field – a formation Klopp admitted was a huge gamble.

“I don’t think it’s likely a line up for Premier League,” said Klopp

“You need balance and rhythm and you cannot force it by bringing on all your strikers. For this game it was ok. Christian and Daniel can play together, at Southampton Daniel and Divock, but it’s always about what you need for a special opponent. You can’t ignore the other team, you have to defend in different spaces.

“Players play too much, players play injured. If the players come in haven’t done it together, you have to take individual qualities and see if it works. When all the players stay fit, we can train. We had a few good sessions.”

Klopp has claimed he was impressed with Benteke, who played for 120 minutes, in the extra-time defeat at West Ham.

“I can do a lot of things but as it is with any player, the last thing must be from the player,” added Klopp. ” I liked what I saw at West Ham. It isn’t the easiest period of his career but it would be a bigger problem if he wasn’t getting the chances.

“What we are doing is in the public interest so we cannot hide ourselves. I talked to him a few times, gave him some advice as a coach and human being, and he’s tried to come back to an easy moment.

“That’s how it is in the squad. If a striker doesn’t score often enough, it’s only interesting if others aren’t striking, either.”

The German boss also raised concerns about Benteke returning to Villa Park on Sunday.

“Sometimes players put themselves under more pressure when they face their former club. I don’t have best experience of it,” said Klopp.

“I don’t know if he returns with open arms or whistles, I do not know his situation. It’s all about work and circumstances and we will see what the line-up is.”

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