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Klopp never doubted Liverpool striker Sturridge ability

Daniel Sturridge netted twice. Credit: PA

Jurgen Klopp says he has always had faith in Daniel Sturridge after his two goals in the EFL Cup against Spurs on Tuesday night.

Sturridge's strikes were enough to send his side through to the next round and give Klopp a further reminder of his capabilities in front of goal.

The goals took Sturridge's total for the season to four, all of which have come in the EFL Cup.

That's his [Sturridge] talent. That's his strength, he's a finisher, a really good doubt about this.

I never was in doubt about him even when he didn't score. Not a question.

Divock Origi didn't score tonight but I think he played quite well, Danny Ings didn't score but played really well when he came on. That's the thing with Daniel, he's a wonderful goalscorer and that's really important.

– Jurgen Klopp


Liverpool boss Klopp not taking West Brom lightly

Liverpool face West Brom this weekend. Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has vowed not to take West Brom lightly and refused to rule out further full-time celebrations if his side are held at home by the Baggies again.

Last year Tony Pulis' side claimed a 2-2 draw at Anfield, though the hosts only snatched a point thanks to a stoppage-time leveller from Divock Origi, and Klopp was so delighted he orchestrated on-pitch celebrations in front of the Kop.

Reacting in such a manner to a point against West Brom was derided by critics, yet Klopp insisted that was merely a consequence of his admiration for every team in the Premier League.

The Reds now have a run of league fixtures against West Brom, Crystal Palace and Watford, all of whom they dropped points to early in Klopp's tenure.

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"The differences between the Premier League and all the other leagues in world football is that (there are) big individual qualities in all of these teams," said Klopp. "I think we all know the reason for it and that's the big difference.

"Nobody will go through and have at the end 120 points or something because there are a lot of difficult hurdles to jump over and West Brom is for sure one of them. They fight for every point.

"I respect them all and I showed it last year when we played West Brom. I celebrated the point and it was a little bit surprising for most of the people but I was happy.

"I don't know in this moment if I would celebrate a draw again, it depends on the game we play on Saturday. Everything's possible."

Karius: Man Utd tactics a compliment to Liverpool

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Loris Karius at the end of the game against Manchester United. Credit: PA

Goalkeeper Loris Karius believes Liverpool's growing reputation under Jurgen Klopp explains why Manchester United played so defensively against them.

The goalless draw at Anfield was memorable only for two second-half David de Gea saves as Jose Mourinho set up his side to frustrate.

Klopp's preference for a high-tempo game, which this season has started to click into gear, never got into its stride and it was a disjointed performance as the visitors' game-plan worked to perfection.

"They know we're a really strong team, so that's a compliment for us," said the German, who kept his first clean sheet since taking over from Simon Mignolet despite a couple of shaky moments personally.

"United maybe waited for the one chance to get a goal, as obviously their priority was to stop our play, our attacks.

"We knew we had to be patient because it was going to be tough.

"Second half we managed better to get through but United defended well with De Gea making top saves."


Mourinho defends Man Utd's tactics at Liverpool

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho defended his tactics despite being dominated by Liverpool in a goalless draw at Anfield.

There was little in the way of goalmouth action from either side, with David de Gea pulling off a brilliant save to deny Philippe Coutinho and also saving well from Emre Can, and Mourinho left the ground happier than counterpart Jurgen Klopp.

Mourinho's side earned a point at Anfield. Credit: PA

United had just 35 per cent possession - the lowest registered by them in the Premier League since Opta started recording the statistic - in a performance which was a far cry from the dominant displays produced just a few years ago under Sir Alex Ferguson.

But Mourinho was unrepentant, insisting it was fully justified.

"The result I think is acceptable. We wanted more," he said.

"For long periods in the game, we thought that could be possible but we didn't score and if you don't score you don't win but I think it was a very positive performance.

"Last season United won here. Liverpool had 14 shots on target and United had one," said the Portuguese.

"How many shots on target did Liverpool have on target? Two (official statistics actually recorded three).

"Two shots on target with 65 per cent of possession. You have to be critical of Liverpool. It is their problem, not our problem."

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