Watch: Jurgen Klopp's pre-match press conference - Aston Villa vs Liverpool

LFC Globe
1st November 2019
Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp spoke to reporters assembled at Melwood on Friday ahead of Liverpool's clash against this weekend.

The Reds return to action on Saturday as they look to consolidate their position at the top of the table with a over Dean Smith's side at Villa Park.

This is the final match-day before Liverpool and second-placed face-off for a huge clash at next Sunday, with the Reds hoping to, at the least, keep their six-point lead before then.

Klopp admits his side have made a great start to the campaign, one that is "much better" than they expected, however, there is still a long way to go in the season.

“There's a long way to go [in the season], a lot of problems to sort and a lot of yards and miles to run and it's the base we have created is much better than we could have expected, points-wise,” he said

“But the only thing we are thinking about is Aston Villa and how we can deal with that challenge.

“It's a tough one. Aston Villa are obviously a very very good team, their start was a bit unlucky and they've performed very much from the beginning but didn't get the results.

“And now they are getting the results and now they are, through the quality they have, full of confidence as well.

“They will 100 percent want to be one reason that our start will not be even better than it is so far – so we have to be ready for that.”

The manager ruled out Joel Matip for a further few weeks, whilst he said he is unsure whether Naby Keita will be fit for the clash after suffering a knock against in midweek.

Klopp also weighed in on the possibility of being left on the bench at Villa Park, with the Brazilian midfielder at risk of suspension against Man City next week should he pick up his fifth yellow card of the season against Villa.

“It's information we have to deal with and maybe he has to deal with it on the pitch or I have to deal with it in the lineup – but I have not made a final decision yet,” he added.

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