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Klopp Hits Back At Critics, Confident Ahead Of Liverpool Vs Arsenal

Klopp Hits Back At Critics, Confident Ahead Of Liverpool Vs Arsenal

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team must address their inconsistent performances and right their wrongs on Saturday against Arsenal. 

 

The former Borrusia Dortmund coach spoke to the media in his Friday's press conference ahead of the Premier League clash.

 

"We've already had a few bad moments together. It doesn't feel that free-flowing any more, but that's how seasons are," Klopp said.

 

"Obviously we have this lack of consistency, we cannot ignore it, because we were involved in the games.

 

"We are now in the middle of the season, and we thought it makes sense to try to deliver again on Saturday."  

 

When Klopp was asked why he is so relaxed ahead of a big game and what he will do to motivate his players against 

Arsenal, he replied:  "I'm not a clown, I'm not always laughing like crazy. I'm a normal person. My job is to make the players feel there's a big chance to win it.

 

"I was a real mentality player, my strength was pushing team-mates. You try everything in the game—have influence from the sideline.

 

"Arsenal is here, we need to bounce back and keep the points at Anfield. We can't use the first Arsenal game (in which Liverpool won 4-3, as motivation)."  

 

Klopp has confirmed that club captain Jordan Henderson will not be fit to face Arsenal at Anfield.

The England international missed the 3-1 defeat to Leicester on Monday night with a foot injury and the German said he will miss the Saturday evening clash with the Gunners.

 

"It’s too soon for Jordan, for sure," said Klopp before adding that Dejan Lovren was back in full training but that he would have to wait and see how the defender reacted to the session.

 

And Daniel Sturridge's injury woes continue, with Klopp confirming that the striker was ill and that he now has a hip strain from a rehab session, meaning he too is unavailable.

 

The Reds have won just two of 12 matches in 2017 – exiting two cup competitions – and having been in second place and six points behind leaders Chelsea on New Year's Eve, they are now fifth.

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