Klopp urges Liver­pool to take pride in bat­tle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

the sea­son and we are in the bat­tle. So what else do we want?

“Yes, it would be nice if we had 10 points more and fight with Chelsea for the ti­tle, but that’s not for us ob­vi­ously in this mo­ment.

Liver­pool saw a seven-game un­beaten run ended by an un­ex­pected 2-1 home de­feat by Crys­tal Palace last week­end.

Klopp hopes to be able to call upon Eng­land pair Adam Lal­lana and Daniel Stur­ridge, both of whom re­sumed train­ing with the first team on Fri­day.

Mid­fielder Lal­lana has been out for over a month with a groin in­jury, while striker Stur­ridge sat out the loss to Palace due to a sore hip.

Cap­tain Jor­dan Hen­der­son re­mains side­lined with an on­go­ing foot is­sue, along with Sa­dio Mane, Rag­nar Kla­van and Danny Ings.

“Adam is back in team train­ing for the first time, which is very, very good news,” Klopp said.

“Hendo is not on the pitch so far and there’s noth­ing new to say about (him). Daniel is in team train­ing again, too, and that’s good.”

Liver­pool last won at Wat­ford in Jan­uary 2007, hav­ing been con­demned to a 3-0 de­feat on their most re­cent trip to Vicarage Road in De­cem­ber 2015.

Wat­ford slipped to a 2-0 de­feat at strug­gling Hull City last time out, but they have won their last three home games and have lost only one of their last seven matches on home turf.

Wat­ford sit 10th in the ta­ble and have reached the 40-point mark that is tra­di­tion­ally syn­ony­mous with sur­vival.

But head coach Wal­ter Maz­zarri says his side should be mo­ti­vated by a de­sire to avenge their one-sided 6-1 de­feat at An­field in Novem­ber, in which Liver­pool went 5-0 up in­side an hour.

“Liver­pool will be an­gry af­ter los­ing at home (to Palace), but I hope my play­ers will be more an­gry as we lost at Hull and con­ceded six goals at An­field,” said the Ital­ian.

Wat­ford cen­tre-back Craig Cath­cart is doubt­ful due to a knee in­jury, while Valon Behrami is be­ing mon­i­tored fol­low­ing a spell on the side­lines with a ham­string prob­lem. AFP

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