Klopp braced for stern Hoffenheim challenge (and claims he saw it coming)

Hope Soto
August 7, 2017

This comes as a huge blow to the Reds, as Lallana has proven to be a vital piece of their midfield under Klopp.

Liverpool face an extremely busy August thanks to their two-legged Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim.

Klopp told the told Liverpool website: "This is certainly not news we would have wanted".

Much like last season, Dejan Lovren was frequently caught out of position and playing catch up to make amends, when he didn't Bilbao pounced as was the case with their equaliser. But then, in the final couple of matches of the campaign, Sturridge, backed by Klopp, showed his class as Liverpool secured a top four spot.

He works his team hard throughout the season and they're going to need to the additional strength in depth to avoid firstly burn-out, secondly to cope with the extra workload of the Champions League and thirdly to ensure they're deep enough to manage any potential injuries. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino scream dynamism and fluidity, giving Liverpool fans plenty to shout about.

The friendly was held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and completed a good build-up to 2017/2018 for Liverpool.

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Leipzig owner Dietrich Mateschitz, speaking to German publication Sportbild, has warned Liverpool that Keita will see out his contract with the Bundesliga side.

On Wednesday night Nice doomed Europa League finalists Ajax to another year in Europe's second tier, progressing on away goals after a 2-2 draw at the Johan Cruijff Arena.

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!

Liverpool resumed control from there on in and never looked troubled despite Bilbao bringing on several more experienced figures.

However, Klopp suggested that the emergence of new options has also strengthened his squad, including a series of impressive displays from Alberto Moreno which are likely to keep him at the club and allow James Milner to return to his favoured position in midfield.

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