Opposition View: Klopp previews Saints trip

By SFC Media Fri 16 Aug Saints v Liverpool
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Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp says his side will face a difficult test against Southampton when they visit St Mary’s this weekend.

The Reds won the UEFA Super Cup on penalties on Wednesday night in Istanbul, after a 2-2 draw with Chelsea after extra-time, leaving them a shorter window of preparation for Saturday’s clash.

However, Klopp insists they will be unaffected by the quick turnaround between fixtures and says neither he or his team ever look for excuses.

“My plan when I heard about the fixtures was to win on Wednesday, win on Saturday and then to speak about it afterwards. If you speak about it earlier then it sounds like you are looking for excuses.

“Was it right that we played on Saturday, and Chelsea plays on Sunday? No. We cannot change these things, we have no power, and we have to accept it which is what we do.

“We don’t think about it, we don’t think about Wednesday night. We think about Saturday and to find a way to win the game, so that is what we will try.”

Saints fell to an opening day defeat at Burnley while, in contrast, Liverpool opened their Premier League campaign up with a 4-1 home victory over Norwich City.

And Klopp is expecting a Southampton side with an abundance of desire to put things right, especially after causing his team so many problems last time out at St Mary’s.

“Southampton is a really strong side, with a very specific style of play,” he added.

“We had enough time to analyse them, it’s just that we had to do it immediately after coming back from the other game. We saw two pre-season games and the game against Burnley so we have all the information we need. They didn’t play as bad as the 3-0 looks and they will be full of desire and confidence.

“Last year it was a difficult game for us there. We were 1-0 down early, had to stay calm and things like this.

“Last made our analysing a little bit tricky because they played differently against all the other teams to how they played against us and we don’t know 100% what they will do, so we have to be prepared for both.

“That’s the job to do, that’s normal. It’s an early stage of the season, we all have the same chances, we all have the same jobs to do so let’s do it.”

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