Coming off a disappointing draw with Manchester United earlier in the week, Liverpool will look to get back to winning ways when West Bromwich Albion visit Anfield on Saturday. Although they’ve hung on to their place in the top four, the Reds missed out on a golden opportunity to go top of the table and widen the gap between them and their old foes to six-points. While the Baggies coming to town may not carry the same blockbuster tag of that associated with the North-West Derby, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp hasn’t taken that into account one bit.
“If we want to be successful we should win a lot of games,” mused the Liverpool manager, speaking to the press at Melwood. “First of all, we shouldn’t care about the name of the team, where we play them, at home or away, we have to win, we have to win, we have to win, that’s how it is,” stressed the charismatic German. “For this you need to be lucky in different situations, you need to force it sometimes, always you have to fight for it,” added Klopp, brushing away any notion that this will be theirs to win. “I don’t make differences between these types of teams.”
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With a few injuries disrupting his preferred starting eleven, the Reds boss was forced to make a number of changes to the starting eleven with Philippe Coutinho dropping back in to midfield in place of Adam Lallana and Emre Can taking the spot normally occupied by Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutchman is back in full training and will be in contention to earn his spot back at the weekend, but it was Lallana, who replaced Daniel Sturridge on the hour mark against United, that Klopp wanted to talk about.
“For me, it feels like we’ve spoken already a lot of times about Adam – I have no problem, I like him, so we can speak about him,” he said with a knowing smile. “He is a very good football player, very important for us and in my opinion his development is not that big; I didn’t watch the games before I came [here], but since I have been here he has been on a constant high level,” explained the former Borussia Dortmund boss. “With all the improvement in the team, he can take the benefit of this too. He brings a lot in the team with all of his quality and that’s alright, all good.”