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Klopp Hints At Sturridge, Lallana Return For Liverpool; Admits UCL Chase Pressure

Klopp Hints At Sturridge, Lallana Return For Liverpool; Admits UCL Chase  Pressure

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has confirmed that he could call on the pair of Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana for his side's Premier League game against West Ham United on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Klopp's team are third in the table with 70 points and aim to consolidate their Champions League qualification with a win at West Ham on Sunday. He spoke to the media at his Fridays press conference.

"It's as significant as the last few games," Klopp said of Sunday's match at the Olympic Stadium.

Sturridge has made two substitute appearances totalling 27 minutes since mid-April after a hip problem, but offered a glimpse of how to unlock stubborn defences when he came off the bench during last weekend's frustrating goalless draw at home against Southampton.

Asked how ready the 27-year-old was to be picked from the start, Klopp stated:  "Ready. That is good. So far it's been difficult because you can't start a player then have to think after 40 minutes 'so we have to change?

"I was happy to have the opportunity to bring him on the pitch. Top players so they have impact. Now the situation is different again. It's another week we've had him training and so far so good, so hopefully we have a few options."

However, he disclosed that the duo of Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva are doubts for this weekend.

"Roberto and Lucas felt something this week. We will have to see."

Klopp admitted that the pressure to keep winning towards the end of the season is massive.

"The pressure comes at the end of the season, if you have no pressure it means you are not going for anything. The competition is strong – but so are we.

"We have a difficult game against West Ham, it is a very important and we are focused on our job. I'm in a positive mood."

Despite Liverpool being third in the Premier League table, but The Reds boss 

 is still frustrated with his side's goalless draw against Southampton last week.

He said: "We had 70% possession against Southampton, who were very defensive. Against Arsenal (on Wednesday) they were very open so I am not sure why they did this favour to Arsenal?"

Liverpool will move closer to Champions League football next season if they win at West Ham on Sunday. 

Klopp added: "It is really exciting and also the money you can earn as a football club. We all know about the situation, the players want to qualify and be in this fantastic tournament, just like I do."

Meanwhile, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic hopes his team will get a good game as they seek to climb up the Premier League table.

"We still have two games to play and we're very ambitious to climb up the table. We expect the same commitment (against Liverpool on Sunday) as against Spurs."

 

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