Jurgen Klopp was asked a series of questions in the pre-match press conference ahead of the Villa clash at the weekend. The most awaited game for Liverpool fans is right around the corner. Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool legend is all set to face Liverpool as the manager of Aston Villa.
On November 11th Steven Gerrard was appointed as the manager for Aston Villa. Till now Gerrard has Managed Aston Villa in four games out of which he has won three games. Before Stevie G’s appointment, Villa had lost five games in a row. However, since his arrival villa has scored seven and conceded only three in their last four games.
5 key points from Jurgen Klopp’s press conference ahead of Villa
1. Klopp on Gerrard Managing Liverpool
The biggest focus of this Saturday’s game is Steven Gerrard coming back to Anfield. The legend who played 710 games and never wanted to play against the Reds is all set to face Liverpool as an opponent for the first time. Jurgen was happy about Gerrard’s Success the way he worked to be where he is right now. He also spoke about Steven being his successor as the next manager of Liverpool.
Yes, I think it will definitely happen, And good for everybody!
2. Jurgen Klopp advices to Gerrard
Steven Gerrard has been with the club for 27 years and for the first time he’s going to enter the field and stand in a different position he’s going to support against a club he never wanted to play against and that too at Anfield. Jurgen shares his experience saying it won’t be an easy task and for 90 mins he won’t be a Red.
Stevie is friends with 99.9% of the people who work at Liverpool FC. And the 0.1% just haven’t met him yet…
We are all professionals and we will go with all we have. Stevie will get the best reception because he deserves it but in the 95 minutes we need everyone behind us.
I know [Gerrard] said ‘no sentiment’, he’s an experienced coach, but he has no idea how it will feel when he steps into the stadium/dugout. I had a similar thing first time I went back to Mainz.
3. Diego Jota Injury Update
It is the busiest part of the Season and It’s good news for Liverpool fans to see Bobby back to practice. But he won’t play against Villa. It is necessary for Liverpool to keep all their attackers fit and in good form. As they have to fill big shoes next month. Diego Jota missed practice this week due to an injury. therefore Jurgen state Jota to be doubtful for the game. Klopp on Jota’s fitness:
Diogo felt something after the last Premier league game and didn’t train yet,
We will see, maybe he can train today, then he is an option. If not, then not.
4. Nat Phillips Injury
With Liverpool creating history on Wednesday after becoming the first English side to win all their group stage matches in Uefa Champions League. Since they were already qualified for the knockouts the Reds gave rest to several players. Nat Phillips was in for Joel Matip and he suffered a cheekbone fracture while trying to win an aerial ball against AC Milan. he is expected to be out for five weeks. Boss on Nat.
It’s not as bad as it could have been,
So no surgery needed and he can pretty much train from next week on, but reduced because everything that would hit him in the face could cause proper damage.
5. Jurgen praises Fabiniho
Fabinho has been exceptional since his arrival back to the midfield this season. He is a very valuable player to the Reds. The Brazilian has been in brilliant form lately controlling the midfield and helping in defence as well. Thus, the boss had a heap of praises for his defensive midfielder.
Everybody wants Fabinho in his team,
He’s a top, top, top, top, top-class player that is hopefully very long at this club and hopefully very good at the weekend.
A game of mixed emotions for the fans and the Reds. Liverpool will be eyeing for a win as they are currently sitting at the second spot in the Premier league table with just a point behind the leaders.
It will be a tight game as both the teams are in good form. This fixture could be summed up as “friends become enemies for 90 minutes”. Tighten up your seat belts as it’s Jurgen Klopp vs Steven Gerrard at Anfield.