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Press conferenceJürgen Klopp analyses 'most difficult' pre-season test, Bayern Munich and Curtis Jones

By Glenn Price in Singapore


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Jürgen Klopp is looking forward to what he deems to be Liverpool's toughest test of pre-season when they face Bayern Munich in Singapore on Wednesday.

The Reds will conclude their trip to Asia with a match against the Bundesliga champions – a game you can watch live and on demand on LFCTV and LFCTV GO – in their penultimate fixture prior to the start of the Premier League campaign later this month.

The boss is welcoming such a challenge at the Singapore National Stadium, hoping his players can show an encouraging representation of the work put in so far this summer.

"For sure the most difficult game tomorrow, definitely," he said at a press conference on Tuesday. "We saw a few pictures of the previous games of Bayern against Kawasaki and against Man City.

"So, Bayern [are] traditionally a really good team. They have four world-class centre-halves, two world-class midfield pairings. Up front, speed and everything and technique, finishing skills. So that looked quite impressive, to be honest.

"But good. We wanted a strong opponent, we have a strong opponent, so this is definitely the toughest test for us in this pre-season. But that's what you need in this moment.

"Yeah, I'm excited to see where we are, how we can adapt to the quality of the opponent because that's part of football.

"From the first day since we are back, I try to make really clear that our defending has to be on a completely different level to the last season and we better do that tomorrow or otherwise we get real problems.

"That's why I'm really looking forward to it – knowing [it's] a top-class opponent but I think it makes sense that we will give it a try."

Curtis Jones operated in the No.6, defensive-midfield role for Liverpool in the 4-0 victory over Leicester City at the weekend.

Klopp was asked whether it's a position the 22-year-old will find himself playing in during the coming weeks and months.

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He responded: "In this actual set-up how we have it and how the squad looks, he is one of the options, definitely.

"I think it's no secret that we are still looking for players joining us. But that's one thing and the other thing is using what you have. And I think Curtis can absolutely play that position.

"So, can he play it when nobody else is defending in the team? No, no chance, but then I don't know any player who could play it then.

"But if we really understand the situation how it is in this moment, a proven six is not available in the moment, will we make an excuse of that and say, 'OK, how can we do that?' Then we have a problem because during a season a lot of things can happen, that was always the case.

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"If you see it as a challenge and if you see it as a positive challenge, try to find a way to be compact anyway or even more so and to find a way to deny the opponent, and our world-class opponent tomorrow obviously, if we do that together it's always possible.

"Then in possession there's no doubt that Curtis can have a massive impact from that position.

"I think his development in the last few months since he's with us is really remarkable. [He was] held back by some [injuries], especially by the last injury, which was really not helpful, wrong moment, too long, everything. Not his fault but just happens with young players.

"Before that, the steps he made were really good. For his young age he played for Liverpool already incredible games but was not stable until a year ago or so, then bad injury. Meanwhile, he looks stable and the Euros gave him, for sure, confidence.

"So, yeah, having him on the pitch makes sense. In this position, if nobody else is there, he can play that, definitely."

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