Jurgen Klopp assesses Newcastle United 'challenge' after European Super League uproar

Jurgen Klopp’s turned his attention to Newcastle United after a tumultuous few days at Anfield.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 12:30 pm

Liverpool and five other English clubs withdrew from the proposed European Super League this week amid a fan backlash against the plan. Klopp had reaffirmed his opposition to a breakaway European league before Monday night’s 1-1 draw against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Klopp is now focused on Newcastle’s visit to Anfield on Saturday, with the Premier League champions outside the Champions League places with six games left to play.

Asked if his seventh-placed team was ready to “go again”, Liverpool’s manager said: “Definitely, definitely. You can see the intensity the boys put in (against Leeds) – it’s really there. We played a lot of good stuff, we could have played even better in moments, I know that – get a bit more clinical and then we will score goals. Newcastle (is) a different challenge, but we’ll face it.”

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Jurgen Klopp at Elland Road.

Klopp is without a number of players due to injury, notably Virgil Van Dijk (knee) and Jordan Henderson (groin).

Speaking about captain Henderson earlier this week, Klopp said: “He looks good, that's the good news, but not in training yet."

United, meanwhile, go into the game on the back of successive victories over West Ham United and Burnley.

Those wins have eased relegation fears at St James’s Park, with Steve Bruce’s 15th-placed side now eight points clear of third-bottom Fulham, their final-day opponents.

Bruce, however, is waiting on Allan Saint-Maximin, who hobbled off against West Ham with an ankle injury.