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Klopp speaks ahead of clash with Leeds, delivers injury update, and talks up Nunez.

Updated: Oct 29, 2022

Jurgen Klopp speaks ahead of Liverpool's clash against Leeds at Anfield [Sky Sports Screen Shot]
Jurgen Klopp speaks ahead of Liverpool's clash against Leeds at Anfield [Sky Sports Screen Shot]

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he would like his Reds to win games even when they are not at their highest level on the pitch.

Liverpool have found it hard to replicate last season's form this term, winning four from eleven Premier League games as they sit in the 8th spot on the table, twelve points behind table-toppers Arsenal.

The Merseyside club host Leeds United on Saturday and are looking to bounce back from last weekend's 1-0 league loss away to Nottingham Forest, though they seal a 3-0 win over Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliot.

However, speaking to the press ahead of their crunch match at Anfield tomorrow night, Klopp said: "Our situation is clear you can see it in different ways. Around the Nottingham [match], we had quite a few positives. A lot of things can happen overnight.

"I don't think you should only win games when you are only outstanding. It's a tough few games until the World Cup break and we have to create a basis for the return too."

The German also provided an update on midfielders Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara.

"With [Jordan] Hendo we have to wait. It was a knock. He was stiff yesterday. I hope he'll be okay. Thiago is back."

Summer signing Darwin Nunez got on the scoresheet in Amsterdam, making it his sixth goal in 13 games in all competitions, with four of those coming in his last five matches.

And Klopp is convinced the Uruguayan has incredible potential to become a top player, but can't predict the heights of his future success.

When asked if Nunez has now settled in at the club, Klopp replied: "It’s a massive step. The problem is not that the boys need extra long to settle, they have different situations.

"Darwin came here after a short break in the summer, arriving in Asia, doesn’t speak a word of English, and being young, and Liverpool’s a big club, and it’s a big step for him and he was expensive. He played the first game and everybody was looking at you. It’s like the whole place is dark and there is only one light and it’s a spot on you.

"He started pretty well and then you have a red card. He felt embarrassed for himself. Getting a knock like this is cool, but he can’t blame anyone else.

"For all these things, his numbers are incredible to be absolutely honest. He had a few chances which he missed but he scored as well. He was involved in a lot of things and the steps he is making are really big. It was a great month for him."

Klopp continued: "Nobody knows [how far he can go]. He doesn’t know. It is so exciting but he has to stay fit, be available all the time and he wasn’t against Nottingham [Forest]. We have to work on all different areas.

"The potential is incredible. It’s not only speed, the attitude is really good, he is a real worker, some people out there aren’t sure technically, but it’s incredible. He doesn’t bring it on the pitch at the moment all the time but it’s nothing to do with technique. It’s all possible to develop. It’s really exciting, but where it could go I have no idea."

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