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’s pre-match press conference – vs Liverpool

expects Liverpool to have a big challenge on their hands as they visit in the Premier League on Friday.

The Reds travel to St. Mary’s as they face a side who are looking to avoid relegation in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

Liverpool will likely be needing a victory to head back to the top of the league table, with at home to on Wednesday night.

Saints head in to the game just two places above the relegation zone, however they remain a tricky side – especially ever since the appointment of former former Leipzig manager Hasenhuttl.

“In the week with , Bayern, it was three times a different sport,” Klopp said.

“But this time [the difference between Spurs and Southampton] is not that big, we have to see.

“[In] the time since Ralph Hasenhuttl is in, I think they are eighth in the form table, the last 15 games at least.

“So that means that yes, they are fighting for the league, that gives you a good idea of the intensity of the game, that’s clear. It’s a home game for Southampton, that’s another thing, they play football, they have a clear style.

“Ralph made a few really good decisions. I have to say the job he’s done since he’s there is incredible.

“He brought young players in, academy players, it’s good of course but on the other hand in the situation when he came in it’s pretty brave as well.

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“So that’s a good side, a really good side. We know about that, analysis was really interesting because it doesn’t look like a team who fights for the league!

“They look confident, they do what they do and they stick to it, that’s good. Even the games they were rather more unlucky than they played bad, I would say.”

The boss also provided an injury update, confirming that “trained normally,” despite picking up a knock against Spurs, and that the Reds of the squad “all look OK” for the trip down south.

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