Jurgen Klopp fires warning to Liverpool stars ahead of Southampton clash

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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side face Southampton in the Premier League this weekend

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side face Southampton in the Premier League this weekend (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool maintained their 100% record in this season’s Champions League with an impressive win over Porto last night, but Jurgen Klopp warned his players they face a more daunting challenge against Southampton this weekend.

Second-half goals from Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah helped the 2019 winners secure their fifth successive win in Europe this season and they will head into the knockout phase of the competition next year as one of the favourites to win the tournament.

The focus will switch to domestic matters on Saturday as the Reds travel to St Mary’s to face a Southampton side who have won just three of their 12 Premier League matches so far this season.

Thiago Alcantara was on the scoresheet at Liverpool beat Porto 2-0 at Anfield

Thiago Alcantara was on the scoresheet at Liverpool beat Porto 2-0 at Anfield (Picture: Getty)

Despite their lowly position in the table, Klopp has warned his side, who produced one of their performances of the campaign so far last weekend when they dismantled in-form Arsenal at Anfield, that the Saints represent dangerous opponents.

‘We could have lost this game tonight,’ said Klopp, reflecting on the win over Porto. ‘You just know we have to grow into the game and that’s happened actually – that’s what I’m happy about.

‘But there’s so many games coming up and it’s always you judge one game – that’s the game today.

‘But actually I think we have to play even better on Saturday against Southampton because they are a proper pressing machine and they go really for it.

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‘We have to make sure that we are ready for that. This game tonight helped obviously because we could rest players, we could give rhythm to other players, we could bring players back after injury, all these kind of things.

So, a lot of good things happened tonight but I’m not sure we should make the mistake now to say we are this or that again.

‘What we are or what we were, we will know after the season. But in the moment we are in a good moment and we should try everything to keep that going.

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