Klopp wants play­ers to fight for spots

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LIVER­POOL man­ager Juer­gen Klopp ex­pects to be deal­ing with some an­gry play­ers next sea­son as he makes hard se­lec­tion de­ci­sions amid in­creased com­pe­ti­tion for places.

The Mersey­side club have held on to their key play­ers from last sea­son, in­clud­ing Brazil­ian Philippe Coutinho, and have bol­stered their squad with the ad­di­tion of winger Mo­hamed Salah, de­fender Andy Robert­son and striker Do­minic Solanke.

Com­pe­ti­tion is likely to be par­tic­u­larly rife in at­tack where Roberto Firmino, Daniel Stur­ridge and Divock Origi will all be com­pet­ing for the cen­tral striker’s role.

As the bat­tle for reg­u­lar start­ing spots in­ten­si­fies, Klopp has urged ex­cluded play­ers to fight for their place.

“We want to build on the same base as last year. I’m not in any doubt about that. Every­body thought: ‘He’s go­ing, he’s go­ing, he’s go­ing’ but so far no­body is go­ing,” Klopp said.

“If we stay to­gether like this there will be a few hard de­ci­sions be­cause they can’t start all to­gether. Then we have to see how this works.

“Be an­gry at me no prob­lem but stay con­fi­dent. That is im­por­tant. Three days later there is another game so be there again. There will be a lot of chal­lenges.”

Klopp, whose side were drawn against Ger­man out­fit Hof­fen­heim yes­ter­day for their Cham­pi­ons League play­off, says the new sign­ings will push play­ers to raise their game.

“The plan is that they all make the next step,” Klopp said. “I said we al­ways want to de­velop this team and there are two things to do – sign­ings and train­ing so we did both.

“The sign­ings are nice, ei­ther they play or they push another player.”

Liver­pool open their league cam­paign against Wat­ford on Au­gust 12 and the first leg of their play­off against Hof­fen­heim is on ei­ther Au­gust 15 or 16. – Reuters

Juer­gen Klopp

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