Key Quotes: Klopp's press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Brentford
Jurgen Klopp during a press conference at AXA Training Ground on November 26, 2021 (PHOTO: Andrew Powell/GETTY Images) 

Liverpool host Brentford on Sunday hoping to avoid a repeat of the 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture. 

Liverpool could be up to 14 points behind leaders Manchester City by the time they kick-off on Sunday, if City overcome Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Reds have injury issues and are without Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Naby Keita, who are representing their countries at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Here are the key points from the Liverpool manager's press conference.

  • On Salah and Mané  

Jurgen Klopp's side struggled to break down 10-man Arsenal on Thursday night and he admitted that the team struggled without their key men. 

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He said, "They are not here and they are world class players." 

However, he was quick to add that "it is not about who is not in, it is about how can we do better with the team who played last night." 

Speaking of players who are eligible to be involved, the German confirmed that Liverpool have "no real new injuries."

Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold returned against Arsenal after COVID absences. 

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Meanwhile, Andy Robertson, Virgil Van Dijk and James Milner are expected to recover from slight knocks they suffered in the Carabao Cup clash. 

Klopp told the media that "the medical department told me all will be fine." 

With no new injury concerns, only Thiago, Divock Origi and Harvey Elliott remain sidelined for the Reds. 

It was confirmed post-Shrewsbury that Thiago is not out for the season as had been rumoured, The Guardian are reporting that Elliott is expected to be back in the next few weeks and Klopp explained that Origi is "not too far away."

  • On the opposition

Klopp warned that his side must be focused when the Bees visit on Sunday. 

"We have to be alert, we have to be ready. They have special set pieces."

He expects a fight, with a direct approach from the opponents, that the Reds struggled with in the reverse fixture. 

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"I hope we can play better than the last game [against Brentford]. We need to use Anfield."

 

  • On keeping philosophy 

When asked about Brentford's transition from the Championship to the Premier League and the fact they have refused to change their playing style, Klopp said that "philosophy is really important to keep."

"If you don't have an identity, and you switch every three days, that is difficult. The players need to know what they need to do." 

 

  • On his 350th game 

Klopp said that he is really happy to have reached the milestone and that he is proud of what he has achieved so far at the club. 

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However, he was adamant that he does not pay attention and that he simply prefers to focus on the next game.

"The next game is decisive. Everybody at the club expects to win the next game."

"These numbers are not important to me, but 350 is a nice one." 

 

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