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Klopp's Liverpool vs Burnley press conference: The key points

Jurgen Klopp has had his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool vs Burnley this weekend.

The Reds take on Sean Dyche’s men at Anfield in their second game of the new Premier League season.

As ever, the manager has been speaking to the media ahead of the match to deliver all of the important information.

Here are all the important points to note from the manager’s pre-game presser.

Klopp speaks out on homophobic chanting

During the week, Klopp had a discussion with LGBT rights committee Kop Outs about the importance of educating fans to prevent homophobic chanting in the stadium.

He was asked about this in the press conference. Here’s what he said: “I have no idea about the response, I don’t feel pride at all about it. I think it was just necessary to do.

“When you can help something and you can help with clarifying on it, it is our responsibility to do that.

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“It’s an important thing to talk about, but not all the time. I learned a lot, so hopefully, some fans did as well.”

Team news

Unfortunately, the sad news of the death of Fabinho’s father broke this morning. Klopp said on the matter: “It’s a private situation, Fab is here and he is doing what he is able to do.

“We all feel for him, we all feel with him, we all gave him and his family our condolences.”

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He was also asked about Jordan Henderson and Thiago and whether they will feature against Burnley: “They are much closer, they look fine. Now we have to make the decision.

Extra-motivation

Next up, the German was asked whether the fact that Burnley were the team to end Liverpool’s unbeaten home run last season provides extra motivation to his side: “Not in the moment, I didn’t even think about it.

“Yes, we lost it, Burnley won it, well deserved. It obviously has nothing to do with the game we have now.

“We have our first home game in front of our crowd for five-hundred-and-twenty-something days and we want to enjoy that. Football is only possible to enjoy when you play in a positive way.

“There are no guarantees, especially not against Burnley. They make life uncomfortable, defend really well, some really good footballers in the team.

“Sean is doing a really good job there, they can be annoying as well. Set-pieces, all this stuff. They have a really clear way of playing.

“That’s what we prepare for, not for any kind of revenge.”

The return of fans

On the fact that this will be the first time playing in front of a full Anfield crowd: “Everybody is looking forward.

“When you sign for Liverpool, one of the things you are waiting for is to play at Anfield and to feel that atmosphere.

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“Each of us who had the first game at Anfield in the past, it was a very special moment. It will be a special moment for them.”

Kop vs Yellow Wall

Klopp has managed two clubs with some of the best fans in Europe, in Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund. While Liverpool have the famous Kop, Dortmund have the famous Yellow Wall.

He was asked to compare them both: “Both things are incredible, great stands, incredibly important for the clubs.

“They are the benchmark for the clubs if you think of it.

“When you go there, and you are on the Kop or the Yellow Wall, you are there just for football.

“I can’t wait to feel this connection again.

“When I arrived here, people were not really enjoying the football, leaving to go to the car park, things like this.

Jordan Henderson contract

Finally, Klopp was asked if he had any updates on Jordan Henderson’s contract extension.

The gaffer kept it short and sweet, saying: “No, it’s still all good.”

Van Dijk return

A reporter asked whether Klopp was impressed with Virgil van Dijk’s first competitive game since his return from injury last week: “I was not impressed in a surprised way.

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“He has a four-and-a-half week pre-season, if you put in all his other rehab stuff it was maybe the longest pre-season of all time.

“I saw him in training every day, he played like he trained so I was not surprised.

“Virgil is a good football player and that’s why I was happy to have him back.”

Midfield situation

Finally, Klopp was asked how valuable he considers Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita to be: “Very valuable! It’s all about being available and using the momentum, that’s football.

“It doesn’t make you a worse player. Without luck in life, you are really on the wrong side of a lot of things.

“When you get injured, the football train never waits. We have to be on top of that and to try keep them in the best possible shape.

“The quality of the players was never in doubt, come on. If you think about these players and you go through the strengths they have, you could have a book on its own.

“That’s life and that’s football. When you get the chance, you better use it. It will not be the last but it makes more sense to use it immediately.

“There are a lot of good players in our squad, we will make changes independently of performances in the last game, just for intensity reasons.”

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