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Watch: ’s pre-match press conference – vs Liverpool

Liverpool manager spoke to the press ahead of his side’s trip to in the Premier League this weekend.

The Reds take on Dean Smith’s side on Sunday evening as they look to return to winning ways after Thursday’s Carabao Cup defeat on penalties against .

Klopp’s side have three wins out of three in the Premier League at the start of this season and they remain strong favourites to get the job done again this weekend.

The boss provided an injury update on skipper , who could return after recovering from injury, although is likelier to be given extra time off with the upcoming international break in mind.

“Hendo will be part of parts of the training today. He will start with warming up, maybe some passing, maybe some rondos, we will see as a first step,” Klopp said.

“He has absolutely no muscle issues. It is all fine, he is not injured anymore, so now we have to make sure he can make the next step. What that means for the weekend, I don’t know.

“I was in close contact with Gareth Southgate and it is clear he will use the time with the national team for getting match fit.

“Hendo had four or five days of normal pre-season before he played the first game for us because of the situation we were in. Then played against and got this little injury, which was really not serious.

“He is now working on his physical things for a few days already, but now more football specific, which is important with us and then with the national team. He will have minutes for England, I think, which is then a proper win/win situation and I am really happy about that.”

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The likes of , and remain sidelined, whilst winger and midfielder Alcantara are ruled out after testing positive for coronavirus.

The boss praised Villa and – in particular – their new signings, before explaining how crucial it was for the Reds to also add to their title-winning squad after last season.

“If we really want to attack the title this year we have to improve because all the others will improve as well,” he said.

“I really think the Premier League clubs, from a football point of view, did really, really good business so far.

“As I see it, all teams got stronger during the transfer period with the signings they’ve made – and Aston Villa is one of these teams, 100 per cent.

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“[Bertrand] Traore and [Ross] Barkley are two top, top, top signings which will really help them. Other teams, like , have improved massively and all these kind of things.

“We have to improve so that we can be in a similar position as last year, otherwise we have no chance. That’s completely normal, it’s not new for us.

“That’s the need we’ve known about since I’m in actually; it has nothing to do with the position in last year’s table, it’s just the situation – other teams will improve.

“If you want to improve your own situation, you have to make big steps and that’s what we try all the time. One of these steps is for sure keeping consistency. It’s very, very important but how can you be consistent? Only by performing on your highest level

“That’s what we will try to do and because of the number of games in a shorter period of time, it must happen there are different line-ups and that’s something we have to make sure we are able to do.”

Watch Klopp’s full press conference above.

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

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