Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says his team selection for Sunday’s Premier League visit to Southampton will not be affected by next week’s Champions League match.
The Reds head to Porto on Wednesday night for the first leg of their last 16 tie, but Klopp insists he is only focused on the clash at St Mary’s for the moment.
“I never think about a European game until after the league game,” he said.
“We cannot and will not think about the Champions League. It's not about rotating, it's a completely normal week between the two games. We won't think about Porto. We have enough time after the game.”
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Klopp is also anticipating a hard-fought encounter on the south coast, as Saints look to make it a fourth consecutive home game without defeat against Liverpool, who are expected to field Virgil van Dijk on his first return to St Mary’s since departing for Anfield last month.
“There's a special relationship between Liverpool and Southampton, it won't be a friendly game,” said the Liverpool boss. “We fight for everything, they fight for everything.
“They will want to show their quality but we have our own targets.
“They had a sticky start, but in 2018 their results have been okay – they drew with Tottenham, stuff like that.
“They are a good team, and I don't get why they are in the region of the table they are in. They will 100 per cent go for it.”