Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to bounce back when they face Brighton this weekend as their recent loss against Roberto De Zerbi’s side was his “worst game”.
Liverpool are enduring a tough season as they currently find themselves down in ninth in the Premier League.
One of their worst results of the 2022/23 campaign came earlier this month against Brighton as they lost 3-0 at the AMEX Stadium.
The Reds have a chance to get revenge over Brighton as Klopp’s side travel to face their rivals this weekend in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Klopp wants “everything” to change this time against Brighton as their previous meeting is “still the worst game” he’s seen from his players.
“Everything. I think we have shown that we really want to go through. We always want to get better and that is what we will do. Brighton are in a really good moment,” Klopp told reporters (via BBC Sport).
On the recent 3-0 loss to Brighton: “Still the worst game I have ever seen of a team of mine, that’s still the same thank god as we have played a few games since then… We did really well in moments and spells of the games.
“The first half against Chelsea we were very disciplined and we didn’t give them a lot. We have to do that again against Brighton, of course.”
On clean sheets: “Clean sheets are massive for us. Everyone waits for free-flowing performance but that takes time and it starts with clean sheets. Yes clean sheets are massive to us.”
When asked if progression in cup competitions can give Liverpool league momentum: “It can but you can’t say it like that. We are not famous for going far in the FA Cup or Carabao Cup, we got to the Champions League final a lot but not the others.
“Cup finals are hard as there are midweek games. In our schedule, I don’t think there should be FA Cup weekend games but here we are. We have some other rescheduled games to play and we have no news on that.”
Ahead of this weekend’s cup tie, Klopp has also provided an update on Arthur Melo, Fabio Carvalho, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino.
“We have six or seven midfielders in top shape which is the perfect situation but only three can start. You can’t make mistakes with line-ups,” Klopp added.
“Against Brighton it is massively important how we defend the first line. The goalie is really calm, they just pass the ball if the front three aren’t performing well. It is really about how we defend.”
On injuries, he added: “[Arthur Melo] is running a lot, I think in two or three weeks until he can join team training. He needs a proper build-up. Fabio Carvalho is out. He has a little thing but he is out [for the weekend].
“Diogo [Jota], Bobby [Firmino] will be a couple of weeks, then they can join training. We will have to see how it goes from there.”
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