Saturday 16 December 2017

'Angry' Reds eye Hammers redemption

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants his side to take their frustrations at losing to Bournemouth last weekend out on West Ham at Anfield tomorrow.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants his side to take their frustrations at losing to Bournemouth last weekend out on West Ham at Anfield tomorrow.

Liverpool were angered by their loss at Bournemouth last weekend and will be looking to make amends when struggling West Ham United visit Anfield in the Premier League tomorrow, manager Jurgen Klopp said.

Liverpool twice surrendered a two-goal advantage and conceded a stoppage-time goal to go down 4-3 at Bournemouth last Sunday. "This game helped us to understand what's wrong with our protection sometimes," Klopp said.

"We played good enough to win the game until it slipped through our fingers. We were passive, which is not usual for us.

"At 3-1 up we played one bad pass and they scored. They used that situation. It was our fault. We were responsible for it."

Klopp said he was surprised by West Ham's lowly position of 17th in the table.

"We will be angry (on Sunday). But West Ham will be a tough challenger, an interesting game," the German added.

"Nobody would have expected West Ham's situation in the table. They have had injuries. They all come back to play us but that's not a problem.

"West Ham want the points and that makes me angry just thinking about it."

Klopp confirmed that Liverpool's Cameroonian centre back Joel Matip would not represent his country at the African Nations Cup in January and ruled striker Daniel Sturridge out of the West Ham match.

Sturridge picked up a calf injury in training that kept him out of the trip to Bournemouth and Klopp said he had no idea when his injury-prone forward would return to training.

"Until now he hasn't trained," the manager said. "He's not with the team. He's not happy. That's the life of footballer. You can't force these things."

Meanwhile, former Liverpool great Alan Kennedy believes Klopp has a transformative ability to bring the best out of any player.

The 62-year-old Kennedy says the German coach has injected an extraordinary new lease of life into the club and that admiration for Klopp stretches beyond the Liverpool faithful.


"If I was player at the club now I'd love to play for Jurgen Klopp. He can bring the best out of any player," Kennedy said.

"He has transformed players like (James) Milner into a very solid left back and we've had a problem there for a long time.

"I like the way (centre back Joel) Matip has adapted to the Premier League and he looks like a good acquisition. He reads the game well, he's very quick and he gives confidence to the players around him...

"Every player will be happy to be working for Klopp.

"He's a very open and positive person."

The former attacking fullback, who won five league titles with Liverpool between 1979 and 1984, says last weekend's last gasp 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth could be the wake-up call that stops the club falling short in the title race.

"Take nothing away from Bournemouth because they were very, very good, tackled the job well and never gave up, but Liverpool collapsed in the last 20 minutes," said Kennedy, who made 359 appearances for the Anfield club.

"It was a massive blow. I think Liverpool thought they could win at a canter and I'm afraid you can't do that in the Premier League.

"If that's the moment that kick starts the season then for me it's a great wake-up call."

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