Jurgen Klopp and his team face Leeds United at Elland Road and will be aiming for the three points. If they are to secure a Champions League finish, the Reds will need to continue their good Premier League form, but face tough opponents in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Klopp on centre back partnership
Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak become Liverpool second most used centre back partnership in the Premier League. They have played four games together, winning all of them and during that time they have also impressed.
“It is good to see them playing. Players need time to develop together, their quality has never been questioned. Ozan and Nat have done really well at defending and hopefully it will stay like this.
“I am really pleased for Kabak. He has shown his quality and it is nice for him to be able to show what he can do.
“It is a similar thing for Phillips too. He’s had an exceptional career so far; with all the things he has done so far and to go from where he was to now playing Champions League and Premier League games for Liverpool.”
Thoughts on Leeds
Both sides enter the game having won their last three games and are in good form. Leeds also beat Manchester City in their last game, so will be tough opponents.
Klopp said: “Leeds played an exceptional game from a passion point of view. But from a technical point of view there is not much to take from it, because of the early red card.
“It was a very exciting game and interesting to see what is possible from football, but it doesn’t change our preparation.”
Klopp was surprised to state that no one new picked up any injuries following the midweek game against Real Madrid and provided an update on the long-term injury list.
“Everyone is making good progress and is on track to recovery.
“Joe Gomez is now doing outside running so that is a big step after an injury. He looks fine when he is running but it all takes time to heal
“Gomez is in a good way, like with Joel [Matip], Virgil [van Dijk] and Jordan Henderson.”
Lifting the spirits in the camp
Following disappointment midweek, it is important that the squad find their motivation to go again as securing top four is still a big task. The team has been playing good football and it will be vital that they continue this to beat Leeds.
“It is always important to play well and to get results. So our last three Premier League games we have won, one Champions League game we lost and the other we drew.
“The one bad game in that spell we lost, all the other games were okay or better so that is what we have to keep on doing.
“We have to play our best football.”
Momentum to take into final games
There are a host of teams all battling it out for European football next season. Given the Reds’ recent form, they are putting teams above them under pressure but must keep their momentum going.
“We are still around the teams above us because we have won our last three games. So for us it is clear, we have to keeping winning games.
“We see it as a positive that we are around the Champions League spots. Leeds is a special game and we have to be ready.”