Jurgen Klopp makes Premier League demand of his players


Dejan Lovren reported back to training on Monday after finishing as a World Cup runner-up with Croatia, meaning Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are the sole senior centre-backs available.

The former Stoke winger has looked very impressive in the pre-season and scored a bicycle kick on debut against Manchester United with Klopp admitting that he has adapted to life at Liverpool better than he expected."That's not normal after four days in the club - adapting that well to the style of play", Klopp said last month after his club debut. One of the main things I was asked about after the game was: "'Can he really play as the No.6?' I said: "'Yes, he can and he will.' He had to learn and he had to improve and that's exactly what he did". "It was nothing serious but for tonight it was not possible".

"For Raggy (Klavan) and Joel it is probably not good enough as they are not fit for the weekend but we don't need 12 centre-halves".

After receiving the ball on the edge of the box, the Swiss global leaves possession for Nathaniel Clyne before taking the ball back off the England defender and dinking the ball over the top of the Torino defence for Daniel Sturridge to head home unmarked from close range.

It was a moment which pleased Klopp as much as the performance.

LIVERPOOL are gearing up for the start of the Premier League season at Melwood.

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"I was not surprised, to be honest, but as a human being I was hoping for it, that it would be like this".

'We showed tonight a really nice face and that helps, not only Loris but the others as well that they see this is a very special place.

"Hendo for sure was involved in the first goal with a press ball that he didn't win".

"I'm happy that we came through the pre-season so far, so good".

"Today he looked at home, he looked comfortable and when he was called upon he made the saves he had to make, so long may that continue and that will give him more confidence than he has already got and hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the season ahead".