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Jurgen Klopp reveals what he will tell Liverpool players ahead of West Ham


Jurgen Klopp has revealed what he will remind his Liverpool players ahead of their meeting with West Ham on Saturday.

Liverpool head into the weekend’s action still very much hot on the heels of league leaders Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently 2nd in the Premier League table with a six-point gap separating themselves and City.

However, Liverpool do have a game in hand, so that gap could become three points very easily.

The Reds, though, will be well aware of what a tough test West Ham can represent. David Moyes’ side are 5th in the Premier League right now, and are one of just two teams to have beaten Liverpool in 2021/22 so far.

The Hammers caused their upcoming opponents all sorts of issues from set-pieces in their last meeting, coming away with an impressive 3-2 win.

What Klopp will remind Liverpool players before West Ham

So, it is not too surprising to see what Jurgen Klopp is set to remind his players of ahead of the game on Saturday evening.

Speaking pre-West Ham, Klopp confirmed he will remind his players of the threat David Moyes’ side pose from set-pieces: "We are not famous for having struggled with defending set-pieces.

"You don't think too much about it in training - you do it still in training - but you don't focus much on it, he is doing it, he heads the ball away, he heads the ball away, but we obviously had to improve a couple of things.

"We had to improve our protection from that game - we were very flexible in the things we did. But when we lost the ball, our counter pressing was not the highest level and then we conceded that cheap ball to Bowen and here the counter attack goes.

"The last line was not high enough in these moments (for West Ham's second goal).

"The protection was just not good and there were so many things after that game we had to talk about.

"That's what you should use the defeat for otherwise it makes no sense. We used that game, that's true, but it is not now something special." It is not like defending set pieces, it is about being in the situation.

"So we have the physical basis to defend set pieces most of the time - sometimes we are slightly shorter than the opponents - but usually, we have the physicality and we have the organisation to do it.

"Then it is about concentration levels in these moments very much. And that day we had a slight problem with that. I don't think we had it after that game too often but that doesn't mean anything for tomorrow.

"So thank you for reminding me. I will tell the boys again today that we have something to improve."

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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