Klopp urges Liverpool fans to have patience in Hull clash

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge missed the match against Derby with an injury but will be hoping to play a part in the Hull game today.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge missed the match against Derby with an injury but will be hoping to play a part in the Hull game today.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Liverpool are building momentum after three successive wins in the league and Cup but manager Jurgen Klopp is pleading for patience when his team face Hull City at Anfield today.

Klopp's men have swatted aside high-quality opponents in Arsenal, Leicester City and Chelsea this season with a brand of fast and exciting football.

However, their only defeat so far this term came against a Burnley side who won 2-0 with only 19 per cent possession.

Hull have proved resolute when under pressure this season, but Klopp believes it would be unhelpful for the home crowd to get edgy if an early goal fails to materialise against a side Liverpool are expected to beat.

"So many people think we have a problem against bus parking," Klopp said. "I cannot remember a lot of space in the games we played against Chelsea or Tottenham (a 1-1 draw). We have to find solutions.

"I think we all can improve - the team, coaches, manager and the crowd. No football game is easy. It is not easier against Hull."

Liverpool have been thrilling going forward but not always so convincing at the other end and Klopp has a dilemma over his goalkeeper.

Loris Karius was widely expected to become Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper when he signed from Mainz in May, but his progress was halted when he suffered a broken finger during pre-season.

That gave Simon Mignolet the chance to start the season in goal.

But now Karius is fit again and he made his debut on Tuesday as Liverpool won 3-0 at Derby in the third round of the League Cup.

"If I make a decision for the next game, it's not that this is how it is for the next five years," said Klopp, giving nothing away.

For Hull, Mike Phelan is hopeful that his side can learn from their 4-1 defeat by Arsenal last weekend.

"Hopefully we can learn from what happened and give Liverpool a game," he said.

"Liverpool are firing on all cylinders this season, and it has all the ingredients of a fantastic football match."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2016, with the headline 'Klopp urges Liverpool fans to have patience in Hull clash'. Print Edition | Subscribe