📣 Klopp on injuries, Núñez's reaction and 'heavyweight' Man Utd clash | OneFootball

📣 Klopp on injuries, Núñez's reaction and 'heavyweight' Man Utd clash

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Padraig Whelan

Jürgen Klopp has addressed the media ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United on Monday night.

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This is the best of what he had to say.

On injury issues

“Bobby (Firmino) is ready to face United. He has trained, is completely normal and is ready to go.

“Nobody else who missed the Palace game is back. Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones are getting closer but there’s no chance for this game.”

On Darwin Núñez’s reaction

“Of course we spoke to Darwin, he is very disappointed with himself. The things the centre-half did, he won’t be the only player doing these things. It’s about emotions, of course we’ve never had a situation like this and he knew he made a mistake.

“It isn’t necessary for him to walk through the building with his head down. We all make mistakes. As long as you learn and it doesn’t happen again then it is okay.”

On Naby Keïta exit rumours

“If you sat on my side of the table, you’d know how often there is nothing behind news so I wonder what I can believe at all when I read newspapers. Naby was ill for a week, has been training well and looks really good.

“He’s a player who isn’t completely happy when he isn’t playing but that’s normal. Nobody has came and asked anything about leaving – except reporters.”

On both sides’ start to the season

“Man City was really good. Fulham was really bad. Palace was really good, especially with 10 men. I’ve never seen 10 men play so well against 11. We were outnumbered and they had so many options but we pressed them everywhere.

“There’s been a lot of good for us and a few not so good moments but now we’re ready for United. I listened to the radio for the second half of the Brentford-Manchester United game and I almost called in with my frustration about the things Gabby [Agbonlahor] was saying about United.

“It will never be easy against them. They could change nothing or change everything. It’s going to be tough.”

On United being more dangerous after losing

“I would prefer to play them after winning 5-0. But it isn’t dreamland so we have to take things as they are. We drew two games though so is it better to play us?

“You have to just deal with the situations within the game. The world will be watching. Let’s see how these heavyweights deal with the situation.

“I would watch this game. I will watch it actually!”

On Joe Gomez’s chance

“He’s been really unlucky. He came back to training only a day before the game so we didn’t want to risk him and we were happy with Nat Phillips, who I thought played well against Palace.

“He is back, has trained completely normally and if everything is good then he will start.”

On losing 4-0 to United in pre-season

“We weren’t ready for that. We only arrived three days before. We made mistakes and they took advantage of them. They have ridiculous quality up front.

“I watched both their league games and now we have to figure if or what [Erik ten Hag] will change and if there are surprises, we will deal with them in the game.”

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