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Juergen Klopp: Engineering a new Liverpool

Juergen Klopp: Engineering a new Liverpool

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Liverpool will pay a visit to Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League with Christian Benteke eager to build on his impressive form after securing them a win against high-flyers Leicester City last week.

The in-form Benteke netted the only goal of the game at Anfield on Boxing Day to deal Leicester their first league blow since September.

Manager Juergen Klopp says he is looking for something more than what they had against Leceister.

“After Watford it was clear what we had to do,” said Klopp. “It was really clear because we had these problems against West Brom, Crystal Palace, Watford and we had these problems not against Leicester because we reacted.

“That is what is really good, really satisfied with. And now we have to play against Sunderland and we don’t want to go there to show how football ‘should be’. We go there and want to win, that’s the only reason we travel there.”

The German took over the reigns of the club in October. He has made his points about stability well known.

“No doubt about the individual quality of the players, there’s no doubt about their character so what we have to create is a stable level of performance that we can really go with.

“For this we need all the players, and our next station is Sunderland and we have to go there and be concentrated from the first second as we were against Leicester. It was a really good start in the game and I was happy about this, and now we have to do it again.”

Liverpool currently lie eighth on the Premier League table.

Match Facts

– Sunderland have managed to pick up just two points in their last six Barclays Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W0 D2 L4). – Liverpool have conceded only 10 goals in their last 22 top-flight encounters with Sunderland. – Sunderland have won just three of their 28 BPL matches against Liverpool, all by a one goal margin at the Stadium of Light. – Perhaps the most famous win by Sunderland against the Reds came in 2009/10 when their winning goal saw Darren Bent’s shot deflected into the net by a beach ball thrown from the crowd. – James Milner has scored five BPL goals against Sunderland; more than against any other opponent in the competition. – Christian Benteke has netted five goals in six league appearances against Sunderland; more than versus any other side – this includes one of his two hat-tricks in the competition (April 2013).
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